A picturesque Venus transit

transit of Venus, Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Nat Waddell,

The transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2004 was one of the better-photographed events in sky history. The above was taken by David Cortner and comes via Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

The next transit will be in June 2012 and will be the last in our lifetime. This rare celestial event continues to inspire astronomers, artists and musicians everywhere. Below, a recent piece from Australian composer Lindsay Vickery.

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