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Default Transit of the Planet Mercury

The planet Mercury is currently passing in front of the sun. I took the following video:

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The planet Mercury is currently passing in front of the sun. I took the following video:

Transit of the Planet Mercury
That's cool, Nikola. As you know, Mercury is the most difficult planet to observe given it's close proximity to the Sun. I have only seen it with my own eyes once in my lifetime just for a short time after sunset. Copernicus, if I'm not mistaken, never saw Mercury at all since he lived prior to the invention of the telescope.
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And here's some appropriate reading on a cold winter's night for such a hot subject as this:

 
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I heard about this on the radio. I think they said you needed special glasses to see this.
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That's cool, Nikola. As you know, Mercury is the most difficult planet to observe given it's close proximity to the Sun. I have only seen it with my own eyes once in my lifetime just for a short time after sunset. Copernicus, if I'm not mistaken, never saw Mercury at all since he lived prior to the invention of the telescope.
Prior to today I had only seen Mercury once myself, right around sunset. Of course, Mercury is a naked-eye object that doesn't require a telescope to see.

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I heard about this on the radio. I think they said you needed special glasses to see this.
You need a solar filter, eclipse glasses, or #14 welding glass.
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Mercury just before transiting our sun ...image from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly unit (SDO/AIA) on 11/11/2019 123434 UTC.

More info on the SDO:

https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/

https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/dashboard/

https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard...-193-angstrom/

I saw the transit in 2016, today was the last opportunity to see it until 2032.


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