Mercury Transit (not much to see here ;-))



Not much to see here I’m afraid, more or less this post is a reminder to myself that I observed the Mercury Transit using my 100mm spotting scope and a custom built mylar foil filter (basically just a bit of cardboard wrapped abound the tube with some mylar strapped on the business end).

While the view wasn’t very spectacular it boggles the mind to think about what’s actually happening out there: A little planet forever caught up in the Sun’s gravitational well, its hemispheres being alternately boiled by our central star or deep-frozen by exposure to empty space when in the shadow, racing across the Sun’s face in a mere couple of hours… wow, it really boggles the mind, not least of all our ability to predict such events with fantastic precision.

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