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Airplane crosses sun’s face

While preparing on Sunday to watch today’s transit – an event Mercury crosses the face of our sun – Helio C. Vital caught an airplane doing the same.

View larger. | Photo taken May 8, 2016 by Helio C. Vital.

View larger. | Photo taken May 8, 2016 by Helio C. Vital.

Helio C. Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wrote late Sunday night:

Brazil will be in the front row to watch the whole transit of Mercury on Monday.

This photo shows the sun less than 16 hours before Mercury starts to pass in front of our vital star. To make things even more exciting, as I was filming the sun in preparation for Monday’s rare event, a plane just happened to transit it, like Mercury will be doing. How nice!

Tomorrow will certainly be a busy day of observation.

Sony Cyber-Shot HX300 camera on tripod

Thank you, Helio!

Read more: Transit of Mercury on May 9, 2016

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