Mercury Transit on May 7, 2003

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DO NOT FORGET THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO OBSERVE THE SUN WITHOUT SPECIAL PROTECTION! The only completely safe way is to project an image of the sun on a white surface (for instance, a piece of paper or cardboard).

Latest Information (May 7, 05:00 hrs CEST -- 03:00 hrs UT)

Good morning! There is now just over 2 hours until the beginning of the transit! The sky over the ESO HQ in Garching is brightening after a mild and starry night. The observing prospects look good here - there may be some high and thin clouds but we will know more when the Sun rises. Stand-by for more news!

LASCO image of Mercury

Mercury zooming towards the Sun in this LASCO C3 image.


Recent Images

Here is a collection of recent images obtained in different places.

SOHO MDI image taken on May 6 at 12:53.(c) NASA/ESA/SOHO

SOHO EIT image taken on May 6, 2003 at 14:27. (c) NASA/ESA/SOHO

Sun in white light taken with the instrument of the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic on May 6, 6:14.

Image taken by the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (