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, 07:52 hrs CEST -- 05:52 hrs UT)

The transit is now going on smoothly. Images are updated every minute on the webcam of ESO. Mercury can be seen as a small dot at around 1 o'clock. Observe also the sunspot at the bottom of the image.


Image in white light taken from the Observatoire de Paris with the Lunette Fluorite. The weather is also nice is Paris.

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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 (