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Full Mercury transit capture by the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite

"For more than seven hours [yesterday], Mercury was visible as a tiny black dot crossing the face of the sun. This rare event – which happens only slightly more than once a decade – is called a transit. Although Mercury whips around the sun every 88 days – over four times faster than Earth – the three bodies rarely align. Because Mercury orbits in a plane 7 degrees tilted from Earth’s orbit, it usually darts above or below our line of sight to the sun. As a result, a Mercury transit happens only about 13 times a century. The last one was in 2006, and the next one isn’t until 2019."


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Wow, Oce, it's beautiful!

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Me too! It is beautiful and you got 12,000 views!

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