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Rare event: Mercury's journey across Sun

May 10, 14:16 UTC+3
The solar system's smallest planet of Mercury was visible as a small dot as it moved past the Sun
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The transit of Mercury in front of the Sun seen from St.Petersburg, Russia, May 9, 2016. The photo was taken through a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) narrow spectrum solar telescope that permits examination of the sun's protuberances and showing the surface activity
The transit of Mercury in front of the Sun seen from St.Petersburg, Russia, May 9, 2016. The photo was taken through a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) narrow spectrum solar telescope that permits examination of the sun's protuberances and showing the surface activity
The transit of Mercury in front of the Sun seen from St.Petersburg, Russia, May 9, 2016. The photo was taken through a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) narrow spectrum solar telescope that permits examination of the sun's protuberances and showing the surface activity
© AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky
School children looking through a telescope the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century.
School children looking through a telescope the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century.
School children looking through a telescope the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century.
© AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
The planet Mercury as a tiny black spot (bottom) on the sun, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
The planet Mercury as a tiny black spot (bottom) on the sun, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
The planet Mercury as a tiny black spot (bottom) on the sun, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
© EPA/PATRICK PLEUL
Amateur astronomers watching planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, on the grounds of the Bergedorf observatory, in Hamburg, Germany
Amateur astronomers watching planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, on the grounds of the Bergedorf observatory, in Hamburg, Germany
Amateur astronomers watching planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, on the grounds of the Bergedorf observatory, in Hamburg, Germany
© EPA/DANIEL BOCKWOLDT
Composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory showing the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit
Composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory showing the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit
Composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory showing the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit
© Solar and Heliospheric Observatory/NASA/ESA via AP
A boy uses a a goggle made of cardboard to watch the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India
A boy uses a a goggle made of cardboard to watch the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India
A boy uses a a goggle made of cardboard to watch the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India
© AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
The planet Mercury, seen as a small black dot on the left, passes in front of the sun and is observed by an astrophysicist on a projection, at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Potsdam, Germany
The planet Mercury, seen as a small black dot on the left, passes in front of the sun and is observed by an astrophysicist on a projection, at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Potsdam, Germany
The planet Mercury, seen as a small black dot on the left, passes in front of the sun and is observed by an astrophysicist on a projection, at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Potsdam, Germany
© EPA/ RALF HIRSCHBERGER
A man watching through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the Earth and the Sun in Warsaw, Poland
A man watching through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the Earth and the Sun in Warsaw, Poland
A man watching through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the Earth and the Sun in Warsaw, Poland
© AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski
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The transit of Mercury in front of the Sun seen from St.Petersburg, Russia, May 9, 2016. The photo was taken through a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) narrow spectrum solar telescope that permits examination of the sun's protuberances and showing the surface activity
© AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky
School children looking through a telescope the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century.
© AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
The planet Mercury as a tiny black spot (bottom) on the sun, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
© EPA/PATRICK PLEUL
Amateur astronomers watching planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, on the grounds of the Bergedorf observatory, in Hamburg, Germany
© EPA/DANIEL BOCKWOLDT
Composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory showing the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit
© Solar and Heliospheric Observatory/NASA/ESA via AP
A boy uses a a goggle made of cardboard to watch the transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India
© AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
The planet Mercury, seen as a small black dot on the left, passes in front of the sun and is observed by an astrophysicist on a projection, at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Potsdam, Germany
© EPA/ RALF HIRSCHBERGER
A man watching through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the Earth and the Sun in Warsaw, Poland
© AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

The rare celestial event of planet Mercury making a transit across the Sun was observed on 09 May 2016 by using special equipment. The solar system's smallest planet of Mercury was visible as a small dot as it moved past the Sun. Mercury's rare "transit" - in this gallery by TASS

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