Watch the 2003 Mercury transit with SOHO

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Image from the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT)

During the morning of 7 May 2003, the planet Mercury will slip across the face of the Sun in a rare event, known as a transit. There are only about 12 celestial alignments like this every century and you cannot view them safely without special telescopic equipment. So, let the ESA/NASA solar watchdog, SOHO, do all the hard work for you...just remember to keep refreshing this page and the images will change!

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EIT 195 Å MDI LASCO C2Å

Last update: 20 June 2003

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