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Members' Observations - Transit of Mercury 7 May 2003

Mercury transit at 05:29 UT Mercury about 18 minutes after the transit started, at 05:29 UT.
Mercury transit and plane 06:31 UT Mercury and an aeroplane transit the Sun at 06:31 UT.
Mercury transit 10:20 UT Approaching the end of the transit. Mercury at 10:20 UT. Central sunspot also evident.
Mercury transit 10:25 UT Approaching the end of the transit. Mercury at 10:25 UT.
Mercury transit 10:26 UT Approaching the end of the transit. Mercury at 10:26 UT.
Mercury transit 10:27 UT Approaching the end of the transit. Mercury at 10:27 UT.
Mercury transit 10:30 UT Approaching the end of the transit. Mercury at 10:30 UT. (Mercury near top right of image)
Mercury transit 10:31 UT At the end of the transit. Mercury at 10:31 UT. Mercury is just visible against the Sun's limb, at about 4 o' clock with respect to the central sunspot.

These preliminary images from the 7 May 2003 transit of Mercury were captured from a videotape recorded by Chris Holt. Chris used a modified monochrome security camera at the prime focus of a 150 mm f/6 Newtonian reflector. An objective solar filter was made from Baader Planetarium AstroSolar® Safety Film. The times shown above are preliminary, awaiting confirmation by timing the videotape during playback


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