The planet Venus crosses the face of the Sun
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Once in a lifetime chance to see the transit of Venus

5 June 2012 Last updated at 08:42 BST

Astronomers are gearing up for one of the rarest events in the Solar System.

On Tuesday, Venus will pass directly between the Sun and the Earth.

It is almost certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the event, as it will not happen again for more than a century.

Pallab Ghosh reports on how to see it safely.