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Watch rare transit of Mercury here


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    Scott Sutherland
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    Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:29 PM - The views of the May 9 transit of Mercury, above and below, are directly from NASA's Sun-watching satellite, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).


    What's going on? Read all the details about the transit of Mercury here.


    At 11:13 a.m. UTC (7:13 a.m. EDT) on Monday, May 9, the planet Mercury passed directly between the Sun and Earth, showing up as a dark dot zipping past the bright surface. These were the views captured by SDO during the event.

    To assist in picking Mercury out in the 304 Angstrom view of the upper chromosphere (in red) and the corona (in gold), a small circle has been added around its initial position. These animations show off the entire transit, although the "Continuum" view is missing the frame from 13:45 UTC.

    Source: NASA

    Watch Below: An Earthly view of the transit of Mercury, taken from Newcastle Observatory, in Newcastle, ON.

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