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Top 10 Places to See Venus Crawl Across the Sun in NYC

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Pray that the rain stays away because tonight there will be a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical opportunity known as the transit of Venus. Starting shortly after 6 p.m. and lasting until sundown at 8:24, Venus will cross in front of the sun, an event that happens in pairs about once a century?the last was in 2004, and it won't happen again until 2117. The Times reports that New York City's astronomers and telescope buffs are setting up stations around the city with special viewing equipment (you thought you could just look up at the sun and see it, didn't you?) to let the public enjoy the crossing, but there are dozens of other buildings, piers, and rooftops that will have clear sunset views. Never fear if you don't have a fancy pair of solar glasses; there are several DIY ways you can view the phenomenom without blinding yourself. Welding goggles apparently make for great eye shields, or you could build yourself a camera obscura. SF Gate says "all you need is a large cardboard box, scissors, masking tape, aluminum foil, a nail, white paper and a large bath towel." If that seems a little too involved for you, click through for our map of all the locations that will have legit equipment?plus a few buildings that we think we have spectacular views.

· To Watch Venus Journey Across the Sun, a City Filled With Vantage Points [NYT]
· How to See Venus Crossing the Sun [SF Gate]
Image of the transit of Venus via National Geographic

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1. High Line at 14th Street

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10th Ave & W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

2. Riverside Park Pier 1

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W 70th St & Riverside Blvd
New York, NY 10069

3. Southeast Corner of Union Square Park

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E 14th St & Union Square E
New York, NY 10003

4. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

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700 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

5. 7th Ave & West 125th St

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7th Ave & W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

6. American Museum of Natural History

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200 Central Park West
Manhattan, NY 10024

7. Richard Meier Towers

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165 Charles Street
175 Perry Street, 176 Perry Street

8. Tribeca Park

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400 Chambers St
New York, NY 10282

9. Silver Towers

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620 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

10. 100 Eleventh Avenue

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100 11th Ave
New York, NY 10011

1. High Line at 14th Street

10th Ave & W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

10th Ave & W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

2. Riverside Park Pier 1

W 70th St & Riverside Blvd, New York, NY 10069

W 70th St & Riverside Blvd
New York, NY 10069

3. Southeast Corner of Union Square Park

E 14th St & Union Square E, New York, NY 10003

E 14th St & Union Square E
New York, NY 10003

4. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

700 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

700 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

5. 7th Ave & West 125th St

7th Ave & W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

7th Ave & W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

6. American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West, Manhattan, NY 10024

200 Central Park West
Manhattan, NY 10024

7. Richard Meier Towers

165 Charles Street, 175 Perry Street, 176 Perry Street

165 Charles Street
175 Perry Street, 176 Perry Street

8. Tribeca Park

400 Chambers St, New York, NY 10282

400 Chambers St
New York, NY 10282

9. Silver Towers

620 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

620 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

10. 100 Eleventh Avenue

100 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011

100 11th Ave
New York, NY 10011