Venus Has Crossed the Sun For the Last Time Until 2117

By Jamie Condliffe on at

For those of us in the US and Europe, Venus has completed its transit across the sun. If you missed it, too bad: it won't happen again for another 115 years.

The transit has huge historical importance, as in the past it's what enabled us to calculate our distance from the sun. This image, courtesy of NASA, shows the planet completing its transit last night, just before it moved far enough to stop casting a silhouette. Goodbye, Venus!

If you missed it, don't worry too much: thousands of talented photographers around the world have been recording the event, and we'll bring you some of the best images before too long. [NASA]

Image by NASA