Star Search: Venus

Steals the Show

* Kids and grown-ups all over the world looked up, up in the sky yesterday morning and saw Venus scooting across the front of the sun.

People as far away as Australia and India and as close by as College Park and Great Falls looked through specially equipped telescopes to see the black dot of Venus moving in front of the sun for the first time in 121.5 years.

Stargazers in the Middle East, Asia and Europe were able to see most or all of the Venus/sun dance, which took about six hours. On the East Coast of the United States, the transit was visible for about two hours.

Kids around the world were either awed or a little confused about what all the fuss was about.

"It's a brilliant opportunity to know the mechanics of our solar system," said Shereeza Feilden, 14, in England.

"How come the sun had a black dot in it?" Dorcas Tam, 7, asked in Hong Kong.

If you missed yesterday's light show, there will be another in eight years. After that, it will be 105 years before the Earth, sun and Venus line up for another transit.