Transit of Mercury, 2006

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(uploaded May 12, 2012)

On November 8, 2006, the planet Mercury crossed the face of the sun as viewed from Earth in an event known as the Transit of Mercury. The next Transit of Mercury will occur on May 9, 2016. A much rarer Transit of Venus will occur on June 5, 2012.

Mercury is the dark smudge in the lower right. The dark area on the left is AR 10921.

Transit of Mercury, 2006
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Exposure info:
Maximum of 2 frames of 1/253 and 1/284 seconds at F/3.2 and ISO 50; Digitally enhanced

Equipment:
Nikon E2200
Galileo CC-2 (60mm) achromatic refractor

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