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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Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyrighted by the photographers.

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Dan McLaughlin,
Orland Park, Illinois, USA
Nov. 8, 2006

This pin I created is made from brass and colored with pencils. Sunspots and Mercury's moving position are pierced out. Mercury's current postion was noted by a black rivet set along the path. dimensions are 2" x 2" x .5"

Brett Ohnstad,
Moundsview, Minnesota, USA
Nov. 8, 2006
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The picture is a composite of several video stills taken during the transit of Mercury. This includes one very interesting frame that captured a small jet airplane that made its way across the picture. Complete video.

Photo details: Coronado PST, Meade Electronic Eyepiece and a Moon Filter.

Greg Piepol,
Rockville, Maryland
Nov. 8, 2006
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Grab your 3D glasses!

Greg Piepol combined a space-based image of the sun (credit: Hinode) with an up-close photo of Mercury (credit: Mariner 10) to create a stereo anaglyph of the Transit of Mercury.

See also the flash animation.

Jeff Barton,
Richardson, Texas
Nov. 8, 2006
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The Three Rivers Foundation for the Arts and Sciences supported a Texas Astronomical Society public observing event on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, TX, on November 8th from noon through sunset.

Photo details: MaxScope60 Ca-K solar telescope, a DMK F2104 firewirecam, and in some cases a 2.5X Televue Powermate and a 2X MaxPower nosepiece barlow (for the 923 flare photos).

Richard Handy,
Ramona CA, USA
Nov. 8, 2006
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These Conte' pencil sketches are a record of my first transit as well as my first experience using an Halpha-filtered scope. Now I have a much deeper appreciation of how awesome the view appears and how quickly things change on the solar globe.

Sketch details: Done at the 12mm Nagler eyepiece of a SolarMax60. The colored sketch was done between 23:00 UT and 23:35 UT. The black and white sketch was done at 20:15 UT to 20:40 UT.

Mark Manner,
Spot Observatory, 50 miles west of Nashville, TN
Nov. 08
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Lumenera SkyNyx2-0M camera on Astro-Physics 155EDF at F28. Solar Spectrum 0.2A Ha filter. Taken in turbulent seeing as a front passed.

Gerardo Addiego,
Cerro de Montevideo, Uruguay
Nov. 08
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Photo details: Nikon D50, 1/100 sec. at 200 ASA

Ted Phillips,
Austin, Texas
Nov. 08
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Photo details: This image is a stack of 10 individual exposures taken at ISO 100, 1/1600 sec with a Canon Digital Rebel through an 8' f/4 Meade telescope.

Paul Maxson,
near Phoenix, Arizona.
Nov. 8, 2006
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The animation was a collection of 32 images shot 6 minutes apart--all shot with a SolarMax60.

more images: from Mon Sarmiento of Antipolo, the Philippines; from Jerry Fryer of Scottsdale, Arizona; from Ron Luxemburg of Monrovia, California; from Bercion Yves at Prise d'eau, en Guadeloupe, antilles Francaises; from Noeleen Lowndes at Paradise Point in Queensland, Australia; from Arthur Stevens of Port Richey Florida; from Susan Gomez of League City, Texas; from Jerry Fryer of Scottsdale, Az.; from John W. O'Neal of Amherst, Ohio; from Lon K. Shelton of Lafayette, Lousiana; from Rodrigo Roesch of Glenview, Illinoi; from Becky Coretti of Ft Lauderdale, Florida

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