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Friday, September 01, 2006


Where's Mercury Now? (redux)

Image credit NASA/SOHO

That dot above the solar occulting disk in the SOHO C3 image is Mercury. The line through it is an artefact. Mercury is at Superior conjunction today, and will return to the evening skies later this month. You can watvh a video of mercury approaching here. Late September early October will be the best time this year to see Mercury in the evening skies, followed by a transit on November 8.

In other Sun-related news, Sunspot 905 has a reversed magnetic polarity too, so it looks like Solar cycle 24 is here at last.

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