NOV 12, 2019 3:46 PM PST

Did You Miss the Mercury Transit? Here's NASA's Footage

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Monday was a particularly exciting day for amateur astronomers. It was the day that the planet Mercury performed a visible transit across the Sun’s surface as it passed between it and the Earth.

Mercury is so tiny and insignificant that this transit event wouldn’t have been observable with the naked eye, but if you had a telescope with at least a 50x zoom factor and the proper solar filtering, then you would’ve been able to discern a miniscule black dot moving from left to right across the frame.

Not everyone has access to such powerful astronomy equipment; fortunately, we can always count on NASA to put their ridiculously expensive observatories to work during events just like this one. In this video footage, captured with the help of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), we witness Mercury scurrying across the Sun’s surface.

As you might come to expect, this is far from a real-time observation. The entire transit event lasted several hours, and so the video footage has been sped up by NASA to make watching it practical for everyone.

A Mercury transit event just like this one hasn’t happened since 2016, and it won’t be until 2032 that we get the chance to witness another one. Hopefully the wait will be worth it…

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
DEC 22, 2019
Space & Astronomy
DEC 22, 2019
Boeing Launches Botched Starliner Demo Mission for NASA
Boeing finally moved forward with the initial un-crewed test launch of its Starliner Commercial Crew spacecraft for NASA at the end of this past week follo...
JAN 21, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 21, 2020
Here's Why SpaceX Blew Up a Falcon 9 Rocket in Mid-Air
SpaceX completed a substantial milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program this week, an undertaking that involved one of the commercial space compa...
JAN 21, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 21, 2020
2020 Space Research: What to Expect
2019 was one of the most exciting years for space fans. Therefore it’s hard to believe that 2020 could bring something even more fascinating. Ho...
FEB 03, 2020
Space & Astronomy
FEB 03, 2020
How NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft is Studying Mars' Ionosphere
If you ever listen to the radio and experience a phenomenon in which the broadcast sounds garbled or as if another radio station is attempting to play over...
FEB 16, 2020
Space & Astronomy
FEB 16, 2020
Just How Powerful is a Piece of Space Debris?
One of the most commonly discussed topics in space science today is the space junk problem, in which space junk collides with objects to create space debri...
MAR 03, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAR 03, 2020
What Makes Black Holes So Mysterious?
Black holes are mysterious objects that have long tickled the interest of astronomers and physicists alike. They’re often described as ultra-dense ob...
Loading Comments...