June 6th, 2012
05:54 PM ET

Transit of Venus dazzles onlookers

As predicted, Tuesday brought what's  the last time in almost all of our lifetimes that we'll see the planet Venus cross the sun. It looked like a small black dot making its way across our star over the course of about seven hours.

We hope you didn't stare directly at the sun! We gave you some viewing tips yesterday, so we hope that helped.

Check out the Open Story , a collaborative effort of CNN journalists and iReporters around the world. Click through to see all sorts of ways that people got to see this spectacular astronomical event.

The awesome time-lapse video above also gives you a sense of what happened.

Here's the path that the planet took as it traversed the sun.

This is one of the rarest predictable solar events, NASA says. The next transit of Venus won't happen until 2117. Rather than wait for the next one, you might as well enjoy the spectacular photographic evidence of last night.

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NASA's SDO Captures 2012 Venus Transit Approach
June 6th, 2012
09:47 AM ET

NASA's SDO Captures 2012 Venus Transit Approach

"This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows Venus as it nears the disk of the sun on June 5, 2012. Venus's 2012 transit will be the last such event until 2117."

Source: NASA

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