The Venus transit of a lifetime

In a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime celestial event, the world watched as Venus passed by the sun.Crave collects some unique and stunning shots of the rare occurrence.

The stars aligned early this week for the transit of Venus, a special astronomical phenomenon that usually only occurs twice in a century. During this happening, observers can view Venus' passage across the sun from Earth. After it completes the final stretch on June 6, the event won't occur again until December 11, 2117.

Crave scoured the photo-sharing site Flickr and found some truly mesmerizing shots from amateur photographers based in the U.S., as well as several snaps from people planted elsewhere around the world. Click through the gallery below to see some unique and stunning perspectives, and be sure to catch the shots CNET photographer James Martin snapped today of the Venus viewing at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

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