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Venus transit thrills Minnesotans

Amateur astronomers and the merely curious gathered in spots around Minnesota Tuesday to watch the transit of Venus, a last-in-a-lifetime event in which Venus, when viewed from the Earth, passes across the face of the sun.
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Amateur astronomers and the merely curious gathered in spots around Minnesota Tuesday to watch the transit of Venus, a last-in-a-lifetime event in which Venus, when viewed from the Earth, passes across the face of the sun.

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