GUWAHATI, June 6 � The transit of Venus � the last of this century � was successfully observed at the Gauhati University Observatory (GUO) this morning.
Two telescopes were used to view the rare celestial phenomenon. At the same time, it was also webcast live on the university's beta site, which was viewed by a number of people online on the Internet.
GUO sources said that the weather had not been very favourable during the entire event but still towards the end � for about 45 minutes � the weather cleared and the shadow of Venus was seen gradually crossing the edge of the disk of the sun, as the transit came to an end.
Around 60 spectators gathered at the observatory to watch this event live and a large number of people observed it online. During the five-and-a-half hour period of wait from 5 am till 10-30 am, people got occasional glimpses of the phenomenon.
The event was organised by the Physics Department of Gauhati University and was coordinated by Prof Madhurjya P Bora, in-charge of GUO.
Various faculty members of the university including the Head of the Department of Physics, Prof N Nimai Singh, were present to observe the event.
From Earth, this phenomenon is seen when Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth. It occurs in intervals of 8, 121�, 8 and 105� years.