Open Story: Venus in transit
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Venus crossed the face of the sun.
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Open Story: Venus in transit

(CNN) -- Stargazers all over the world watched in awe as the planet Venus crossed between the Earth and the sun on Tuesday.

 

For seven glorious hours, a little black dot slowly crossed the face of the sun. Or, as NASA described, Venus's atmosphere was "backlit by solar fire ... transiting the sun's ghostly corona, and gliding past magnetic filaments big enough to swallow the planet whole."

 

Looking at the celestial event without the proper protection could damage your eyes, experts said, so onlookers had to get creative with the right eyewear.

 

Did you watch Venus cross the sun? Share your images with CNN iReport and tell us what method you used to view the event.

 

And for those of you who missed Venus in transit, we're sorry to report that it's not likely to happen again in your lifetime. The next transits will be in the years 2117 and 2125.

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