NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Credit: NASA, JHUAPL, Naval Research Lab, Parker Solar Probe

Credit: NASA, SDO, NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
Music Credit: Gustav Sting by Kevin MacLeod via YouTube

Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.

The images in this video are from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO.

Video credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein

Music: Encompass by Mark Petrie

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