Mercury completes journey across Sun

imageSkywatchers across the globe have enjoyed an opportunity to see Mercury transit the Sun. Mercury’s sojourn between Earth and our star lasted from 11:12 until 18:42 GMT. It was the third such pass of 14 this century; Mercury will not make another transit until 2019 and then 2032. The event is impossible – and dangerous – to view with the naked eye or binoculars, but astronomy groups worldwide are offering the chance view it through filtered telescopes. Live views from space and ground telescopes were also available online. They showed Mercury as a tiny black circle, smaller but darker than many sunspots, slowly traversing the Sun’s giant yellow disc.Read Article