In a rare event that only happens about 13 times a century, Mercury crossed in front of the sun today, leaving a tiny black spot for stargazers to see. The last time this happened was in 2006. Because of Mercury’s small size, viewers needed a special telescope or very high-powered binoculars with solar filters to see the event. But we have pictures right here in case you missed it or couldn't see it.
Mercury’s transit across the sun began just after 7 a.m. Eastern on Monday morning and the tiny planet finished its transit around 2:47 p.m. Eastern, according to Space.com
. The Eastern United States was able to see Mercury for the entire 7+ hours
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to see photos of this rare event. In this first photo, Redditor IKLYSP shared a beautiful photo of Mercury as it began its transit across the sun. He took the photo using Sharpcap and stacked in AS2 and the image was colorized using Gimp. This photo was taken in England. (Reddit