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January 8, 2008

Mercury Transit

Mercury Transit

This image shows planet Mercury in transit across the face of the Sun. It was taken on Nov. 8, 2006, using the west auxiliary feed of the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Sunspot 923 is visible to the upper right. This photograph in white light was taken at about 12:22 p.m. MST, 10 minutes after first contact. (See Restrictions, below, before using this image.) (Date of Image: Nov. 8, 2006)

Credit: W. Livingston and NSO/AURA/NSF

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