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TRANSIT OF MERCURY, MAY 7. 2003

by Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard and Unni Fuskeland

On Wednesday, May 7 2003, Mercury will be in front of the Sun. The phenomenon is called a transit of Mercury and occurs relatively rare. During a century there are in average about 13 transits. In Norway, the last one occured in 1973.

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JavaScript nedtellingsur til Merkur-passasje 7. mai 2003

The transit of Mercury has occured

On May 7. Mercury will pass in front of the Sun, as seen from the Earth. With the right equipment one would be able to see it as a tiny, black spot against the intensely shining solar disc. Also look at the animations below.
Illustration: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics

ABOUT THE TRANSIT OF MERCURY
Here you can read about the phenomenon and when and how to observe it. Read more.

LIVE WEBCAST OF THE TRANSIT OF MERCURY
Live pictures of the transit was shown at this site 7. May 2003. See some of the pictures.

AN EVENT
An event will take place at Blindern, University of Oslo May 7. Read more.

ANIMATIONS:

Quicktime animation that shows the transit of Mercury, May 7. 2003. Close-up version. Duration 9 sec. 3,7 MB. Animation: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo.
Quicktime animation that shows the transit of Mercury, May 7. 2003. Close-up version. Duration 29 sec. 11 MB. Animation: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo.
Quicktime animation that shows the transit of Mercury, May 7. 2003. Duration 10 sec. 0,8 MB. Animation: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo.
Quicktime animation that shows the transit of Mercury, May 7. 2003. Duration 9 min 38 sec. 13,8 MB. Animation: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo.
Quicktime animation that shows the transit of Mercury, May 7. 2003. Enhanced quality, short version. Duration 10 sec. 5,7 MB. Animation: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo.

LINKS:

NASA about the transit of Mercury, May 7. 2003
More about Mercury
ESA about the Transit of Mercury
Pictures from SOHO
Press release from ESO
Celestial Delights: Mercury Transits the Sun

CONTACT PERSON:

Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard
Project leader

Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
P.O.Box 1029 Blindern
N-0315 Oslo
Norway

Phone: +47 22 85 75 22 (Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics)
+47 992 77 172 (mobile phone)
+47 613 11 359 (private, weekend)

Email: knutjo@astro.uio.no


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