Sic transit

Right on cue, she sailed into view. The tiny silhouette of Venus crossed the face of the Sun yesterday morning for the first time since 1882.

Right on cue, she sailed into view. The tiny silhouette of Venus crossed the face of the Sun yesterday morning for the first time since 1882. And her presence was felt by the thousands who came out to watch her solar "transit". The goddess of love looked like a fragile full stop as she took a leisurely six hours to make her historic passage. We in Britain will have to wait until 2247 to witness the phenomenon again - a wait that is a mere blink of the eye in the history of the Earth. The transit of Venus is more than a rare astronomical event. It is a reminder that we too are floating through the void of space.

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