In the Evening Sky
This "big planetary alignment of 2002" looked like this on April
29, 2002. Notice the constellation Orion oabove the left horizon.
[Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera, 8-sec exp w/ dark subtracted; Santa
Transit of 1999 November 15
The following sequence records a transit of Mercury across the sun.
This is what the sun looked like without Mercury in transit. It's
path is from the top/left to the top/right, passing very near the sun's
north pole. Since we're near "solar maximum," there are more sunspots
than usual. (There's a slight distortion from circularity due to
the geometry of my projection photography.)
This is a "detail" of Mercury from early in the transit.
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