The Transit of Mercury

Nov. 8, 2006

: The planet Mercury passed in front of the Sun on Wednesday, Nov. 8th--a rare transit visible from the Americas, Hawaii and all around the Pacific Rim: full story.

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  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Cameran Ashraf,
Claremont, CA USA
Nov. 8
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An incredible day! I was literally speechless when I first saw that little round dot appear. I shared it with my dad and he couldn't believe what he was seeing. It was an unforgettable experience. I still can't get over what I saw and believe me it took a long time for me to want to take down my equipment so I could still feel some "connection" with the event.

Photo details: Coronado SolarMax60 filter, Borg 77ED refractor, Lumenera SkyNyx 2-1M camera.

Galen Erickson,
Fairmont, MN
Nov. 08

Just setting up to get some images of transit, when an airplane entered the frame!

Phillip Jones,
Dallas, TX
Nov. 8, 2006
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"We were setup at the Univ. of TX - Dallas campus for students and faculty to partake the in transit event. Live video feed of the transit was displayed on my laptop for guests to see."

Photo details: Lumenera SKYnyx 2-1 attached to a Coronado SolarMax90 on a Tak NJP mount.

Jett Aguilar,
Quezon City, Philippines
Nov. 09

Image was taken at 0:08 UT just before Contact III, showing the "teardrop effect."

Photo details: 8 inch SCT with a Baader solar filter, Toucam Pro camera, and stacked 55 frames in RegiStax 3. Seeing was very poor.

Jack Newton,
Arizona Sky Village
Nov. 08

Photo details: Coronado MaxScope 90 and a Canon 20Da.

Bill Williams,
Boca Raton, Florida
Nov. 08
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"The clouds cleared just in time!"

Photo details: 6-inch Astro-Physics refractor, Baader AstroSolar film, SBIG ST-10 CCD camera with a narrow bandpass hydrogen-alpha filter.

Prince Ageret,
Cordoba, Argentina
Nov. 8
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Transit watching in Argentina...

Cindy Safina,
Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Nov. 09

A binocular projection of the transit.

Dennis Simmons,
Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 09

The 'scope covers were on and off as I played hide and seek with rain showers, followed by a game of peek-a-boo with the clouds. It was agonizing. I had everything in focus, ready to go, just hoping for a 10 second clear spell. Here is a composite image of some of the video frames caught between breaks in clouds.

more images: from Sam Rua of Tucson, AZ; from Jorge Arturo Colorado of Observatorio Astronómico, San Juan Talpa, El Salvador; from Ken Davy of Aurora, Illinois; from Brian Miller of Spring Valley, CA; from Bernd Geh of Scottsdale, Arizona; from Dale Ireland of Silverdale WA; from Joe Gafford of Deer Trail, Colorado; from Ricky Leon Murphy of Menlo Park, California; from Tony Travaglia of Oamaru, New Zealand; from Andrew Wall near Adelaide, South Australia; from Dave Gulyas of Rolling Prairie, Indiana;

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