Transit of Venus

2012-06-06 09:49

Sky gazers around the world have held up their telescopes and viewing glasses to watch Venus slide across the sun - a rare celestial phenomenon. See all the pictures.

  • This image provided by NASA shows the image captured by Hinode, which shows the transit of Venus. This is the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117. Hinode is a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun's surface magnetism, primarily in and around sunspots. (AP)
  • This image provided by NASA shows the Solar Dynamic Observatory's ultra-high definition view of Venus, black dot at top left, passing in front of the sun. (AP)
  • (AP)
  • Venus begins to pass in front of the sun, as visible from Hong Kong. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the sun. (Vincent Yu, AP)
  • Hong Kong stargazers use telescopes to observe the transit. (Vincent Yu, AP)
  • A Lebanese man looks through a protective viewing filter sheet the transit of planet Venus moving across the sun in Beirut. People around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. The next one won't be for another 105 years. (Hussein Malla, AP)
  • In Sydney, Australia the transit was also visible. A transit is similar to a solar eclipse by the Moon. (Rob Griffith, AP)
  • School children watch Venus cross the sun at the Sydney Observatory in Sydney, Australia. (Rob Griffith, AP)
  • A woman holds a pair of solar viewing glasses to her mobile phone to photograph Venus passing the sun at the Sydney Observatory in Sydney, Australia. (Rob Griffith, AP)
  • This is the view of the transit from China. While the diameter of Venus is more than 3 times that of the Moon, Venus appears smaller, and travels more slowly across the face of the Sun, because it is much farther away from Earth. (AP)
  • Saudi men use a special telescope and special protective viewing glasses to observe the transit of Venus at the capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Hassan Ammar, AP)
  • Venus, upper right, transits the sun as seen through a dark glass from Quito, Ecuador. Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. (Dolores Ochoa, AP)
  • Filipinos use telescopes and long lenses to view the transit. (Aaron Favila, AP)
  • Venus is silhouetted as it crosses in front of the sun in Berlin, Germany. (Markus Schreiber, AP)
  • A South Korean student uses a special glass to observe the transit. (Lee Jin-man, AP)
  • A bird flies as Venus, pictured as a black dot, left, is seen in transit across the sun on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi, India. Transits occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years. (Rajesh Kumar Singh, AP)
  • An Indian woman uses special cardboard eclipse glasses to watch the transit of Venus on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. (Rajesh Kumar Singh, AP)
  • A Lebanese woman looks through a special telescope the transit of planet Venus. The pairs of transits are eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. (Hussein Malla, AP)
  • This is the transit view from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is the last Venus transit of this century. (Hassan Ammar, AP)
  • Venus crosses the sun while seen in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The prior transit took place on 8 June 2004. (Anjum Naveed, AP)
  • A Filipino tries out improvised sunglasses as he views the transit of Venus in front of the sun in Manila, Philippines. The previous pair of transits were in December 1874 and December 1882. (Aaron Favila, AP)
  • The sun rises over the Baltic Sea as the Venus passes in front of the Sun in Kolobrzeg, Poland. The next transits of Venus will be in December 2117 and December 2125. (Michael Probst. AP)
  • Venus passes in front of the sun in a view from Taipei, Taiwan. Venus transits are historically of great scientific importance as they were used to gain the first realistic estimates of the size of the Solar System. (Wally Santana, AP)
  • The transit of Venus can be seen against the setting sun as a black dot near the KCPL building in downtown Kansas City, US. (John Sleezer, AP)
  • Venus travels across the surface of the sun as seen through a telescope in Yellowknife, The Northwest Territories. From the U.S. to South Korea. (Bill Braden, AP)
  • Lebanese citizens, look through a special telescope and binoculars as they watch the transit. (Hussein Malla, AP)
  • (Lee Jin-man, AP)
  • (Dave Chidley, AP)

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