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Mercury in transit, 2016


Transit of Mercury on 2016-05-09 at 9:58 a.m. EDT. Mercury is the small round dot below and to the left of center. It was crossing the face of the Sun moving down and to the right. Only a few sunspot groups are visible. This image was shot between clouds and through a hazy sky.

Compare the size of Mercury to that of Venus in transit in 2004.

Stack of 8 images, each 1/2000 seconds at f7.1 and ASA 200 with a Canon 80D and a 155mm Astro-Physics telescope through Baader AstroSolar at 2016-05-09 9:58 a.m. EDT from northern New Jersey. The solar rotational north pole is up. 2016

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