Viewing Venus in the City of Angels

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Skywatchers in California have headed to the hills above Los Angeles to watch the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun.

The Griffith observatory which overlooks LA held a special event during the six-and-a-half-hour transit.

The very rare astronomical phenomenon, which will not be witnessed again until 2117, began at just after 3pm Pacific time (23:00 BST) and ended as the sun went down over the ocean.

The observatory has featured in many Hollywood films over the decades. Visitors were able to look for Venus - which appeared as a tiny black disc against our sun - using special protective equipment.

Produced for the BBC by Irina Khokhlova.

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