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A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO

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*** APOD description *** APOD: A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO (2016 May 11) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160511.html Video Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Genna Duberstein; Music: Encompass by Mark Petrie Explanation: What's that small black dot moving across the Sun? Mercury. Possibly the clearest view of Mercury crossing in front of the Sun last week was from Earth orbit. The Solar Dynamics Observatory obtained an uninterrupted vista recording it not only in optical light but also in bands of ultraviolet light. Featured here is a composite movie of the crossing set to music. Although the event might prove successful scientifically for better determining components of Mercury' ultra-thin atmosphere, the event surely proved successful culturally by involving people throughout the world in observing a rare astronomical phenomenon. Many spectacular images of this Mercury transit from around (and above) the globe are being proudly displayed. *** NASA GSFC video text description *** 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 For more info on the Mercury transit go to: http://www.nasa.gov/transit This video is public domain and may be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12235