For some astronomers, it wasn't just a rare planetary spectacle as it won't be seen for another 105 years. They hoped the passage of Venus between the Earth and the sun would spark curiosity about the universe and our place in it.
Image: Venus crosses the sun while seen in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. People around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. (AP)