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May 9, 2016 Transit of Mercury

2 May 2016, 07:01 UTC
May 9, 2016 Transit of Mercury
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Date: May 9, 2016 Time: transit from 11:12:19 to 18:42:26 (times are given in UT) Place: if you can see the Sun you can see this transit
On May 9th (next Monday) the planet Mercury will pass between Earth and the Sun in an event known as a transit. It will appear as a tiny, slow-moving, black dot silhouetted on the face of the Sun. The photo above is from a sequence of images I shot for a time-lapse video of the last Mercury transit. You can see that video here (scroll down to the bottom).
For those interested in photography, here’s the specs from my shoot:
Optics: Takahashi FS-128 + Coronado SM40 H-alpha filter + 10 mm TeleVue Plossl (eyepiece projection) Imaging: Canon EOS 20D, EFL 4000 mm, f31, ISO 3200, 1/200 sec Location: Heimhenge, New River, AZ Date: Nov 8, 2006
WARNING: You cannot safely view this event without following specific precautions. Your eyesight can be permanently damaged if you ignore this warning. There’s a summary of safe viewing procedures for both transits and eclipses here.
Mercury’s path across the face of the Sun will be about as long as it ever gets, lasting for 7 hours ...

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