The planet’s transit was recorded in wonderful detail.

It’s not often you get to watch Mercury pass right in front of the sun, because such an event occurs only about 13 times every century and requires special binocular filters or telescopes to see. But that’s why we have NASA, whose Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the spectacle in its righteous entirety:

#ICYMI: Here's the full #MercuryTransit. For 7.5 hrs today, Mercury was visible as a tiny black dot crossing the sun

— NASA (@NASA) May 9, 2016

Mercury’s transit, which looked like a BB shooting above an ocean of nuclear fire, won’t be seen again until November 2019.

Here’s some more images from the space agency:


About the Author

Most Popular

  1. a photo of Northern Virginia's Crystal City.

    When Your Neighborhood Gets a Corporate Rebrand

    From National Landing to SoHa, neighborhoods often find themselves renamed by forces outside the community, from big companies to real estate firms.

  2. A photo of a teacher at Animo Westside Charter Middle School in Los Angeles.

    Can Opportunity Zone Tax Breaks Be a Boon for Charter Schools?

    The charter school movement is eyeing the tax incentives in the federal Opportunity Zone program to help fund school construction.

  3. Environment

    No, Puerto Rico’s New Climate-Change Law Is Not a ‘Green New Deal’

    Puerto Rico just adopted legislation that commits it to generating all its power from renewable sources. Here’s what separates that from what’s going on in D.C.

  4. Life

    How to Inspire Girls to Become Carpenters and Electricians

    Male-dominated trades like construction, plumbing, and welding can offer job security and decent pay. A camp aims to show girls these careers are for them, too.

  5. A new map of neighborhood change in U.S. metros shows where displacement is the main problem, and where economic decline persists.

    From Gentrification to Decline: How Neighborhoods Really Change

    A new report and accompanying map finds extreme gentrification in a few cities, but the dominant trend—particularly in the suburbs—is the concentration of low-income population.