The , a rare astronomical phenomenon that will not occur again for more than 100 years, is under way.
This photo shows the shadow of Venus cast across the sun's face. It was taken in Del Mar at the beginning of full visibility using a 4-inch using a telescope that reflected the sun's image on a white screen.
The other dark areas are sunspots.
”Venus ... gets directly between the sun and the Earth, so we see it literally moving across the face of the sun,” Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer” and author of Death From The Skies told The Huffington Post's Cara Santa Maria. “It's like a little, mini-eclipse.”
It's not safe to view the event without protecting your eyes properly. For tips, read