Venus transit happens today

The planet Venus (large black dot) as seen during its transit infront of the Sun on June 6, 2012. Sunspots AR1493 and AR1496 are also seen in the image (smaller dots). Image courtesy of NASA/ Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Astronomers around the world have trained their telescopes on the skies today, June 6, to watch Venus pass in front of the Sun, a once-in-a-lifetime event that will not be seen for another 105 years. Experts warn, however, that the 7-hour event should only be viewed using approved solar filters to avoid risk of blindness. The entire transit will be visible in the Philippines and the rest of East Asia and Western Pacific. The rest of the world, including Europe, will only get to see the end stages of the eclipse when the sun rises today. The last Venus Transit took place in 2004, but the next one won’t happen until 2117.

Watch the livestream of the transit here

Also read up on why it is one of the most important events in science history