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Wednesday, 08. November 2006
Transit of Mercury - November 8th 2006
On November 8, 2006, Mercury will slowly slide across the face of the sun during an event known as a transit. A transit of Mercury is relatively rare—there are only about a dozen in a century.
The Exploratorium’s Live@ crew will be at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and, with the Kitt Peak staff, will Webcast the transit: a live five-hour telescope-only feed beginning at 11:00 am PST.
Watching our Solar System at Work by The Planetary Society.
See also in the News: Skygazers await Mercury transit by BBC News.
What will it look like? An animation is worth a thousand words:
2006 Transit of Mercury by NASA.
UPDATE 11.11.06 @ 16.02 Uhr
Enjoying Wednesday's transit of Mercury from Dallas, Texas, astronomer Phil Jones recorded this detailed image of the Sun.
Along with a silhouette of the innermost planet, a network of cells and dark filaments can be seen against a bright solar disk with spicules and prominences along the Sun's edge.
The composited image was taken through a telescope equiped with an H-alpha filter that narrowly transmits only the red light from
Left of center, the tiny disk of Mercury seems to be imitating a small sunspot. Nice! Isn't it?
UPDATE 18.11.06 @ 18.44 Uhr
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