Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

Yesterday, millions of people the world over (and a handful of astronauts, over the world) looked to the skies to watch Venus inch its way across the face of the Sun for the last time in over a century.

Some pretty spectacular photos have been popping up since the transit began less than a day ago. Here are a few of our favorites (make sure you click for hi-res versions). You can also check out countless beautiful user-submitted images on flickr and SpaceWeather's Realtime Image Gallery.

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

The black disc of Venus becomes visible against the Sun's corona in this far-UV photograph of the planet's approach, photographed from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

NASA's SDO satellite's first image of the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

The transit as seen from Earth in Budapest, Hungary (Peter Komka/AP)

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

Venus in transit, as seen from the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India Rajesh Kumar/AP)

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

Watching the transit of Venus on an image projected through a telescope (Bikas Das/AP)

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

The transit of Venus as seen through the clouds at sunrise in Sofia, Bulgaria (Nikolay Doychinov/AFP - Getty Images)

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

The transit as seen from NASA's SDO

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the path Venus across the face of the sun.

Behold The Transit of Venus In Photographs

A bird alights atop a dome of the Taj Mahal as Venus begins its transit (Kevin Frayer/AP)