Caption: Timelapse footage of the planet Mercury (black dot) transiting the face of the Sun. This footage was taken by the TRACE satellite during the 8th November 2006 transit of Mercury. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, and as seen from Earth, crosses the Sun's face about 13 or 14 times each century. Such an event can occur in May at intervals of seven, 13 or 33 years, or in November at intervals of 13 or 33 years. This was the last transit of Mercury to date, the next will be on 9th May 2016. The footage was taken in light with a wavelength of 1600 angstroms, in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum.

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2006 Mercury transit, TRACE footage

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