A bird flies past as Venus crosses the sun over Raisina Hills in New Delhi, India on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. People around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus.
last venus transit of the sun in our lifetime • tuesday, june 5, 2012 • it will take about 18 minutes for the black disk of venus to move completely onto the sun's face, ultimately bringing its black disk just inside the sun's upper left edge. watching the tiny silhouette of the planet venus slowly cross the face of the sun doesn’t evoke the same drama and excitement as experiencing a total solar eclipse, but what makes a transit so unique is its rarity and historical significance.
2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images - The lucky folks who lived in a swath of the country from Northern California into Nevada on May 20, 2012 got to see what’s known as an annular eclipse, the first visible in the U.S. in 18 years.