Rare transit of Mercury delights York U astronomers
York University astronomers arrived at the crack of dawn on Monday May 9 to prepare for the rare transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun.
They were part of a global group of observatories and astronomers who took time to observe the tiny planet as it steadily made its way across the 1,392,000 kilometre face of the Sun. Mercury, which resembled a small black dot, could be seen moving in a deliberate path across the Sun’s vast face. It was travelling at a good clip of 162,000 km an hour, and began its transit at 7:12am, completing the journey at 2:42pm.
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