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Mercury in Front of the Sun, Seen From Mars

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 12:27 AM

Mercury in Front of the Sun, Seen From Mars


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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun.

This is the first transit of the sun by a planet observed from any planet other than Earth, and also the first imaging of Mercury from Mars. Mercury fills only about one-sixth of one pixel as seen from such great distance, so the darkening does not have a distinct shape, but its position follows Mercury's expected path based on orbital calculations.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 12:28 AM


Mercury in Front of the Sun, Seen From Mars

Mercury passed in front of the sun on June 3, 2014, as viewed from Mars. The Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded the event.

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