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See it! Monday’s transit of Mercury

Photos from the EarthSky community of the May 9, 2016, transit of Mercury across the face of the sun. Thanks to all who posted!

Greg Hogan in Kathleen, Georgia, caught Mercury not long after the transit began.

Greg Hogan in Kathleen, Georgia, caught Mercury not long after the transit began.

May 9, 2016, transit of Mercury from Vegastar Carpentier Photography in France.

May 9, 2016, transit of Mercury from Vegastar Carpentier Photography in France.

Transit of Mercury from San Juan, Puerto Rico - May 9, 2016 - by Fernando Roquel Torres.

Fernando Roquel Torres’ images show the movement of Mercury across the sun’s face on May 9, 2016. From San Juan, Puerto Rico.

View larger. | Mercury Transit in deep infrared (830 nm) with solar surface stacked and deconvoluted, by Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona. Eliot wrote,

View larger. | Mercury transit in deep infrared (830 nm) with solar surface stacked and deconvoluted, by Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona. Eliot wrote, “The stacking and processing brings up some solar surface detail but also produces an image artifact, showing Mercury as surrounded with a clear circle.” Read more about this image at Eliot’s Flickr page.

View larger. | Eliot Herman in Tucson caught the famous black drop effect for the May 9 Mercury transit, shown here in contrast to the same effect seen on Venus. Read more about this image on Eliot's Fickr page.

View larger. | Eliot Herman in Tucson caught the famous black drop effect for the May 9 Mercury transit, shown here in contrast to the same effect seen on Venus. Read more about this image on Eliot’s Fickr page. He said of the transit, “Those hours went fast changing cameras and working at it….”

View larger. | Mercury transit with a Hydrogen-Alpha telescope, by Efrain Morales / Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe. Thanks also to Eddie Irizarry for submitting!

View larger. | Mercury transit with a Hydrogen-Alpha telescope, by Efrain Morales / Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe. Thanks also to Eddie Irizarry for submitting!

May 9, 2016, Mercury transit from Bjorn Sorhoy in Norway. Thanks, Bjorn!

May 9, 2016, Mercury transit from Bjorn Sorhoy in Norway. Thanks, Bjorn!

“Clouds finally broke!” said Patricia Graves.

Shreenivasan Manievannan caught the May 9 Mercury transit from San Francisco, through a thick marine fog rolling in from the ocean.

Shreenivasan Manievannan caught the May 9 Mercury transit from San Francisco, through a thick marine fog rolling in from the ocean.

Karl Diefenderfer in Quakerstown, Pennsylvania, caught this shot of the Mercury transit.

Karl Diefenderfer in Quakerstown, Pennsylvania, caught this shot of the Mercury transit.

May 9, 2016, Mercury transit from Abhijit Juvekar in India. He wrote:

May 9, 2016, Mercury transit from Abhijit Juvekar in India. He wrote: “Although it is rare event to be seen from Earth, such transit events can be seen commonly any time if you have spaceship capable of going at exact place where you can see planet aligned with sun. Maybe in Future people can see transit events like these while their routine trips from one planet to another just the same as we take train to commute from home to office today.”

Deborah Byrd

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