Venus Passes Across the Sun

Astronomers and people around the world have trained their telescopes on the skies to watch Venus pass in front of the Sun, a once-in-a-lifetime event that will not be seen for another 105 years. The transit of Venus began shortly after 6pm on Tuesday (8am today AEST) in cloud-free areas of North America, Central America and the northern part of South America, and was visible, with magnification, as a tiny black dot on the solar surface. [53 photos total]

Pixtale is updated with new interesting photo stories nearly every day, checkout the our Archives.

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to updates with RSS

Use key shortcuts: Use J/K keys or / to navigate

1
Venus transits across the sun as seen over Hong Kong (BOBBY YIP/REUTERS) #
2
NASA image shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
3
NASA image shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
4
NASA image shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
5
NASA image shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
6
Astronomer Samra attempts to get the view of Venus crossing the Sun using a shadow on a piece of paper and the telescope at the MacMillan Southam Observatory in Vancouver (ANDY CLARK/REUTERS) #
7
NASA image shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
8
The planet Venus can be seen on its transit of the Sun, from Beijing (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
9
Venus passes across the sun as seen from Gwacheon, south of Seoul (KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS) #
10
Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus transiting the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
11
South Korean primary school students wearing masks with solar viewers watch Venus passing between the Sun and the Earth at the Gwacheon National Science Museum in Gwacheon, south of Seoul (KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS) #
12
Venus passes across the sun as seen in Tottori (KYODO/REUTERS) #
13
Handout images courtesy of NASA show various views of the planet Venus transiting the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
14
Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus transiting the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
15
The planet Venus can be seen on its transit of the Sun from New Delhi (ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS) #
16
NASA handout image shows the planet Venus transiting the Sun (NASA/REUTERS) #
17
The planet Venus is seen as a black dot as it begins its transit across the sun over Rochester (ADAM FENSTER/REUTERS) #
18
Josh Romney and his wife Amanda Romney watch the planet Venus transits in front of the sun outside Salt Lake City, Utah (JIM URQUHART/REUTERS) #
19
A helicopter flies past as the planet Venus makes its transit across the sun over Tijuana (STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS) #
20
The planet Venus makes a transit as a person watches the sun set over the Great Salt Lake outside Salt Lake City (JIM URQUHART/REUTERS) #
21
Schoolchildren look at the planet Venus transiting across the sun at Sydney's Observatory (DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS) #
22
The planet Venus transits across the sun as seen through a welding filter in Sydney (DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS) #
23
The planet Venus transits in front of the sun in Manila (CHERYL RAVELO/REUTERS) #
24
The planet Venus is about to disappear as it ends its transit across the sun over Vienna (HEINZ-PETER BADER/REUTERS) #
25
The planet Venus makes its transit across the Sun as seen from Kathmandu (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS) #
26
The planet Venus makes its transit across a setting sun on the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, California (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS) #
27
The planet Venus makes its transit across the Sun as seen from Kathmandu (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS) #
28
Children take turns to look at planet Venus transiting across the sun at a public viewing at the Singapore Science Centre (TIM CHONG/REUTERS) #
29
Planet Venus transits across the sun in Singapore (TIM CHONG/REUTERS) #
30
A man looks at planet Venus transiting across the sun with a solar filter at a public viewing at the Singapore Science Centre (TIM CHONG/REUTERS) #
31
The planet Venus is seen as a black dot as it makes its transit across the sun over Amman (ALI JAREKJI/REUTERS) #
32
People look at the planet Venus transiting across the sun over Amman (ALI JAREKJI/REUTERS) #
33
Venus passes across the sun as seen from Gwacheon (KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS) #
34
The planet Venus is seen through a special solar filter as a black dot while it transits across the sun in Berlin (FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS) #
35
The planet Venus passes across the sun as seen over Sofia (STOYAN NENOV/REUTERS) #
36
A plane flies under a thin layer cloud crossing the sun as Venus (R) moves past the sun are seen through a coelostat at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS) #
37
Russian astronomy fans listen to the explanations of a Moscow Planetarium staff member during an early morning session to view the transit of the planet Venus over Moscow (DENIS SINYAKOV/REUTERS) #
38
A helicopter flies past as the planet Venus makes its transit across the sun over Tijuana (STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS) #
39
The planet Venus transits the Sun as seen from Beijing (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
40
The planet Venus is seen through a special solar filter as a black dot as it transits across the sun in Berlin (FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS) #
41
Planet Venus is seen as a black dot on a man's hand as it makes its transit across the sun, in Amman (ALI JAREKJI/REUTERS) #
42
People wait to watch the planet Venus transit across the sun at the Wilhelm-Foerster astronomical observatory in Berlin (FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS) #
43
Planet Venus is seen as a black dot projected onto a girl's forehead as it makes its transit across the sun, in Amman (ALI JAREKJI/REUTERS) #
44
A jet plane crosses the sky as Venus moves past the sun are seen through a coelostat at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS) #
45
Women use eclipse glasses to watch the planet Venus transiting across the sun, in Amman (ALI JAREKJI/REUTERS) #
46
People use eclipse glasses to watch the planet Venus transiting across the sun, at the eastern Gulf coast town of Qatif (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
47
People look through telescopes as Venus moves past the sun at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS) #
48
A bird stands on the Martyrs' Statue as the planet Venus makes its transit across the Sun as seen from Beirut (JAMAL SAIDI/REUTERS) #
49
Students use a welding mask and eclipse glasses to watch Venus passing between the Sun and the Earth in Luneta park in Manila (ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS) #
50
The Martyrs' Statue is pictured as the planet Venus makes its transit across the Sun as seen from Beirut (JAMAL SAIDI/REUTERS) #
51
People watch the planet Venus transiting across the sun, at sunrise in Amman (ALI JAREKJI/REUTERS) #
52
Residents watch the planet Venus make its transit across the Sun in Beirut (JAMAL SAIDI/REUTERS) #
53
People wearing eclipse glasses watch as Venus moves past the sun at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS) #

Most Popular Stories on Pixtale