Astronomically speaking, the transit of Venus is called a "conjunction," an instance in which two or more celestial bodies are near each other in the sky.
On the morning of Sunday, June 17, just before dawn, Venus will be part of another conjunction, a triple conjunction with Jupiter and the Moon. This slow dance between these heavenly bodies will be visible to the naked eye, as they are the three brightest objects in the night sky.
To many ancient civilizations, this morning version of Venus was believed to have been a star. The ancient Romans called it Lucifer, meaning literally "light-bearer," from the Latin words lucem ferre.
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