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NASA's SDO Captures Mercury Transit Time-lapses SDO Captures Mercury Transit Time-lapse

Less than once per decade, Mercury passes between the Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9th, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.


The images in this video are from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory


Music: Encompass by Mark Petrie


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Uploaded on May 10, 2016