Venus (top R) viewed as a small black dot, passes across the sun in the sky of Rome early on June 6, 2012. Sky-gazers around the world held up their telescopes and viewing glasses June 6, to watch Venus slide across the sun -- a rare celestial phenomenon that will not happen again for more than 100 years.
Sky-gazers around the world held up their telescopes and viewing glasses June 6, to watch Venus slide across the sun -- a rare celestial phenomenon that will not happen again for more than 100 years. Other small dots on the right of the photo are called sun spots.
A man uses his iPhone to photograph the planet Venus passing in front of the sun from a live feed from the coelostat telescopes at the Griffith Observatory, one of the largest and most-visited public solar observatories in the world, in Los Angeles, California
The transit of Venus involves the planet Venus crossing in front of the sun. The last time it was seen in California was 1882 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. The transit of Venus across the sun has been seen only seven times since the telescope was invented.
The transit was witnessed by sky-watchers across the world. And in case you missed it, we’ve assembled photos of the event taken from places as far as Israel and Singapore, as well as some fantastic images from NASA satellites. You can see the images in the slideshow above.
And after the jump, a fantastic time-lapse video of the transit by NASA: