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Winged blur, more like.

Behold: the tiny silhouette of the planet Mercury against the vast backdrop of Sol during this week’s transit. To wit:

In the high resolution telescopic image, a colorized stack of 61 sharp video frames, a turbulent array of photospheric convection cells tile the bright solar surface. Mercury’s more regular silhouette still stands out though. Of course, only inner planets Mercury and Venus can transit the Sun to appear in silhouette when viewed from planet Earth. For this November 11, 2019 transit of Mercury, the innermost planet’s silhouette was a mere 1/200th the solar diameter. So even under clear daytime skies it was difficult to see without the aid of a safe solar telescope. Following its transit in 2016, this was Mercury’s 4th of 14 transits across the solar disk in the 21st century. The next transit of Mercury will be on November 13, 2032

(Image: Martin Wise)


Trinity College Dublin tweetz:

Happening now. See the transit of Mercury [top pic] across the sun today at the Campanile [at Trinity College Dublin].

Those who wish can take a look between 12.40pm and 3.30pm today.

Or watch here live.

Related: Astrophysicists to bring Mercury Transit to Irish public (Trinity College Dublin)


Too late.


*cornea sizzling sound*

Zeroy writes;

Here’s a shot of [Mercury is currently journeying across the Sun] I took from Dundalk [Co Louth] earlier


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This afternoon.

Tourists and stargazers watch Mercury’s transit through a massive telescope located in the front square of Trinity College, Dublin.

Transit of Mercury – Live (Guardian)