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, 07:00 hrs CEST -- 05:00 hrs UT)

The Sun is now nearly 11° above the horizon at the ESO HQ in Garching and the observing conditions are excellent. The transit will start about 13 min from now, when the Sun is 13° above the horizon. Mercury is just now 45 arcseconds from the solar limb. First ESO photos are expected 5 min from now

LASCO image of Mercury

Image of the Sun taken by SOHO early this morning (00:54 UT)


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 (