Friday, November 10, 2006

Mercury pass delights skygazers

_42293826_transsoho_nasa_203b.jpgAstronomers in the Americas, East Asia and Oceania have been enjoying a rare opportunity to see Mercury pass in a direct line across the Sun. The closest planet to our star appeared as a tiny black dot creeping over the solar face between 1912 GMT on Wednesday to 0010 GMT on Thursday.

Some observatories held special viewing parties for the public.

The entire transit was visible from the western US, south-east Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the South Pacific.

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