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NASA image: Mercury transit

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NASA image: Mercury transit

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Genna Duberstein 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.
Read more: Little Mercury a black dot as it crosses vast face of sun—
Explore further:Satellites to see Mercury enter spotlight on May 9
Provided by:NASA

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