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Venus Transits the Sun: The Best PHOTOS, VIDEO


Millions of people across the globe witnessed on of the rarest celestial events people on Earth will ever have the ability to see, and won't again in our lifetime. Thankfully, the cameras we have now are better than ever.

The transit of Venus across the sun is one of the rarest celestial sights visible from Earth, one that wowed scientists and amateur observers around the world Tuesday (June 5). The event, arguably the most anticipated skywatching display of the year, marked the last time Venus will cross the sun (as seen from Earth) for 105 years.

Only seven Venus transits have been witnessed since the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, and you'd have a long wait for the next one. It won't happen again until Dec. 11, 2117.

To celebrate the last transit of Venus in the 21st century, astronomers and skywatchers came together in many sites around the world. In the United States, NASA beamed images of the transit from an observatory atop

Mauna Kea in Hawaii (just one of many webcasts from many countries) and welcomed the public to its various space centers, including the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

Check out many more photos and some intense videos, AFTER THE JUMP...


Ultra-high definition view from NASA:

As seen from Cairns, Australia:

More images:






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  1. Stunning pics. Strange how Venus is opposite to Earth in very many ways.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 6, 2012 8:23:38 AM

  2. I was a lil' bit, "Meh. Who cares?" about this "event".

    But, with NASA's beautifully done piece really is pretty awe inspiring.

    How little we are.

    Posted by: Autarchic | Jun 6, 2012 9:14:53 AM

  3. We had heavy cloud-cover here, so missed the whole thing...

    We always have cloudy weather when there's something interesting happening; meteor showers, eclipses. And the light-pollution ever here in the country is bas-enough that you only see the major stars and planets. I haven't seen the Milky Way since I was last in Provincetown...and yes I see the joke I just wrote.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jun 6, 2012 10:36:15 AM

  4. @Autarchic: If you want to see how truly little we are, look up "Pale Blue Dot".

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 6, 2012 12:45:47 PM

  5. I'm very glad I got to see it.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 6, 2012 3:17:10 PM

  6. We are such idiots when we overuse the
    the "awesome" not really having a idea
    what that means in all our growing ignorance.

    The transit of Venus is, wait for it,


    Got it?

    Now stop acting like a d-bag and pick something else other than awesome to
    express your excitement.

    How about "I'm coming!!!"

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Jun 6, 2012 7:59:35 PM

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