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Transit of Venus Sparks Plans, Yawns

Tuesday morning marks the Transit of Venus. The mini-eclipse, occurring when Venus crosses between the Earth and the sun, has not taken place since 1882. In that year it was a momentous media occasion in the United States. In 2004, it will be visible to most Americans only in the wee morning hours. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel and Kelly Beatty, executive editor of Sky & Telescope magazine.

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Prior to his retirement, Robert Siegel was the senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel hosted the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reported on stories and happenings all over the globe, and reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. He signed off in his final broadcast of All Things Considered on January 5, 2018.