Staring directly at the sun is never a good idea, but for those in York County with appropriate optical filters, a rare astronomical event was visible Tuesday night.

The Transit of Venus -- which lasted several hours, but was best viewed in this area at about 6 p.m. Tuesday -- happened when Venus passed between the Earth and the sun. The visual result for those on Earth is a small black dot passing in front of the sun.

Scott Short of Red Lion was lucky enough to witness it. He submitted this photo to the Daily Record/Sunday News online photo gallery. He writes: "Dodging clouds to photograph the Transit of Venus from Red Lion PA. I was set up behind Pleasant View Church and watched this once in a lifetime event."

If you also caught a photo glimpse of it, submit your image here.

If you missed it, don't worry -- you'll have another chance in 2117, a mere 105 years from now.

Read more about the event here.