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May 10, 2016
NASA's SDO Captures Mercury Transit Time-lapse
Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.
The images in this video are from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO. Video Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein Music: Encompass by Mark Petrie For more info on the Mercury transit go to: http://www.nasa.gov/transit
Mercury Transit (Composite Image)
On May 9, 2016, Mercury passed directly between the sun and Earth. This event – which happens about 13 times each century – is called a transit. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, studies the sun 24/7 and captured the entire seven-and-a-half-hour event. This composite image of Mercury’s journey across the sun was created with visible-light images from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager on SDO.
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Image, Video (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Genna Duberstein/Rob Garner.
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