Mercury Transit of 7 May 2003: Animations

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In the below looping animated simulation, you can see the small disk of Mercury moving across the Sun from the upper left at an angle down to the right. The animation shows the individual frames from each location on the left side, and the composite image from that site on the right. Mercury is at the top of the image; the dark spot in the middle of the solar disk is a sunspot (which is slightly smeared in the composite images from the compositing process).

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Animation of Mercury transit

Ruth A. Kneale | May 16, 2003 National Solar Observatory