AP Photos: Looking up, Earth watches Venus

By The Associated Press | June 6, 2012 | 10:55 AM EDT

Hong Kong stargazers use telescopes to observe the transit of Venus along the Victoria Habour in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 6, 2012. From the U.S. to South Korea, 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. The next one won't be for another 105 years. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

From Alaska to Tokyo, Virginia Beach to Mexico City, people were transfixed on the spectacle in the sky this week.

And with good reason: Venus won't cross in front of the sun for another 105 years. And chances are, that will be beyond our lifetimes.

And so people watched on the street, at observatories, schools and even online. The show — called a transit — lasted 6-hours and 40 minutes and had to be viewed through special telescopes or with the naked eye through cardboard glasses or other viewing devices.

Here's a look at how the rare celestial spectacle was viewed — and some images of the event itself.