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Transit of Mercury - Nov. 8, 2006

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This is a photograph I took of the planet Mercury crossing in front of the sun on Nov. 8, 2006. I've labeled Mercury in a note on the photo.

From wikipedia: "Transits of Mercury can happen in May or November. November transits occur at intervals of 7, 13, or 33 years; May transits only occur at intervals of 13 or 33 years. The last three transits occurred in 1999, 2003 and 2006; the next will occur in 2016."

This was one of the most mind-blowing things I've seen, watching an entire planet drift in front of a star and then being able to photograph it. I hope you enjoy the full-sized picture by clicking on "All Sizes" above the photo!

graham_wa, harlock81, S n o R k e l, and 45 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. graham_wa 95 months ago | reply

    Absolutely amazing. Your solar shots are incredible.

  2. chipdatajeffb 95 months ago | reply

    Great one, Cameran! Hey, did you see the Spaceweather page today? Get out there and nab a photo of what's coming around the Eastern limb. The 3RF MaxScope 90 is in other hands than mine this weekend ... bummer :(

    This photo needs to go to SkyAtNight!

  3. S n o R k e l 95 months ago | reply

    Words are subject to be washed out of their meaning because of frequent use (just like we get used to our mothers, and often don't see what precious beings they are)...
    Let's imagine there's a spell you cast on words, and words are brought back to life with their true-untouched meanings, now
    This scene is "amazing"
    (and this "amazing" has experienced the above spell)

  4. Thomas Shahan 95 months ago | reply

    Excellent, one of your best.

    I kind of copied your composition for one of my recent sun photos.

  5. poplinre 94 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful! Nice work.

  6. ..Damian.. [deleted] 94 months ago | reply

    Fantastic, amazingly beautiful work :-)

  7. See Turtle [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

    Stunning! So fantastical. Thank you for sharing.

    Seen in a discussion of PIP - Photographers In Perth. (?)

  8. Kenyi72 [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

    Hi, Cameran80

    Fantastic image! A tiny planet is hot.

  9. Paul McGrath in the Bar 77 months ago | reply

    Amazing, really makes you feel humble! Thanks for sharing.

  10. petemeade61 76 months ago | reply

    Incredible! Thank you so much for posting!

  11. 2lazy7 74 months ago | reply

    Nice shot. Funny that you'd wished you'd been able to do this in white light - I would have liked to seen it in h-alpha! I agree with you though, it was something else to watch Mercury crawl across the face of the sun and then to further be able to photograph it.

  12. hipno-nix 74 months ago | reply

    en mi pueblo se dice acojonante, menudo foton, Te felicito por esta imagen. Un saludo.

  13. Sebastian Z. 70 months ago | reply

    Wow, you are a great sun-photographer. All your pics are so professional!
    Which equipment are you using for?

    greetings from germany

  14. Andy. Booth 69 months ago | reply

    Amazing image, it is just mind blowing to think that we are just another dot spilling around the sun also. Great work.

  15. Giovanni Pagana 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called IL SISTEMA SOLARE, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center 68 months ago | reply

    Among the best I've seen. A favorite!

  17. Billthenewguy 63 months ago | reply

    Neat-O. I guess I've got 6 years to get some gear together...

  18. ElenaGavro 61 months ago | reply

    Hallo, This photo and its author are kindly invited to join the group Collectibles vs Digital!

  19. Shutter_Hand 50 months ago | reply

    Superb Shot !!! You have an awesome photostream.

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