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The Transit of Venus

In the hours just after sunrise, Earth's neighboring planet Venus was visible as it passed directly between our planet and the sun. The occurrence is called "transit," and the last time Venus's orbit crossed this route was in 1882. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Dave Eicher, amateur astronomer and the editor of Astronomy Magazine. He traveled to Luxor, Egypt, to get the most prolonged view.

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Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.