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Mercury wanders through the sun: See photo



Mercury had a rare celestial event on Monday when stargazers saw the planet as a small black dot between the Sun and Earth.

The event, known as Mercury Transit, began approximately at 7:00 am, and lasted more than five hours. The smallest planet of the solar system is also closest to the sun.

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  This still image from a video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows Mercury walking the Earth between Monday and Sunday Sun wanders. The smallest, innermost planet of the solar system resembles a tiny black dot during transit that began at 7:35 EST (1205 UTC). (NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory via AP)

This still image from a video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows Mercury roaming between Earth and Sun on Monday. The smallest, innermost planet of the solar system resembles a tiny black dot during transit that began at 7:35 EST (1205 UTC). (NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory on AP)

"The planet currently looks like a tiny wandering bug on the face of the sun as it passes in front of the sun," Space.com reported.

Most of the world has captured only a small strip of transit. Observers in Asia and Australia could not see it.

In Maryland, clouds prevented NASA solar astrophysicist Alex Young from catching a clear view of the sun.

  The planet Mercury wanders over the face of the sun from Kekesteto. Hungary's highest mountain on Monday. Stargazers used sun-filtered binoculars and telescopes to detect Mercury, the smallest innermost planet in the solar system, as a tiny black dot between Earth and Sun on Monday. (Peter Komka / MTI via AP)

The planet Mercury wanders over the face of the sun from Kekesteto, Hungary's highest mountain on Monday. Stargazers used sun-filtered binoculars and telescopes to detect Mercury, the smallest innermost planet in the solar system, as a tiny black dot between Earth and Sun on Monday. (Peter Komka / MTI via AP)

"It's a crap, but the whole event was still great," Young wrote in an email to The Associated Press. "To see from space as well as to share with people all over the world."

NASA's orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory reported live on the event.

The NASA tweeted photos of the transit, including one from Mercury Cross the sun beyond the Washington Monument, the planet is barely visible.

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The event, according to NASA, occurs only thirteen times a century. The last transit that was visible from Earth was in 2016.

The next transit is planned for 2032, but not visible from North America. The next transit can be viewed in the year 2049.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.


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