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Astronomical treats in store for city sky watchers

MORE astronomical delights are in store for city residents tonight and in early June following the partial solar eclipse earlier this month.

High in the southwest sky after sunset tonight, the first quarter moon will appear alongside the planet Mars.

Mars will be visible to the naked eye as a reddish object near the moon.

Both the moon and Mars will set in the west and the best observation period is before midnight, experts said.

A much rarer scene, the planet Venus crossing the Sun, can be seen on June 6. If you miss it, the next one won't take place for another 105 years.

During the transit, Venus can be seen as a tiny black disk moving across the face of the Sun from 6:11am to 12:48pm. It will be visible with the naked eye but the same precautions you would take while viewing a solar eclipse are essential.

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory is to broadcast the event on its website,


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