2016 Transit of Mercury

Image Credit: Dale Gary, Bin Chen, Jay Pasachoff, Glenn Schneider, Claude Plymate, Vasyl Yurchyshyn. Big Bear Solar Observatory, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

preliminary web page: Pasachoff/Schneider collaboration

Made with the 1.6-m solar telescope at the Big Bear Solar Observatory
Unfortunate glitch resulting from a cloud near third contact; this movie is a few frames longer than the color conversion
credit: Big Bear Solar Observatory/NJIT, with Jay Pasachoff, Glenn Schneider, Dale Gary, Bin Chen, and BBSO staff

Integrated Hinode and BBSO movies: http://www.bbso.njit.edu/scinews/AIA_NST_Mercury_Transit_with_title.mp4

Nikon D7000 snapshots at Big Bear
Nikon D7100 snapshots of Big Bear control-room screen and GS&JMP

Series of Questar images at 3rd-4th contacts (Glenn Schneider and Jay Pasachoff)

Series of Questar images at 3rd-4th contacts (Glenn Schneider and Jay Pasachoff)








Evan Zucker photos, scenes and closeups,

NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory (Atmospheric Imaging Assembly) images

Transit of Mercury from the Japanese Hinode spacecraft from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and stills/movies http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/home/solar/eclipse20160309/index_e.html from JAXA.


Mercury and a sunspot, Questar, reprocessed by GS

Mercury and a sunspot, Questar, reprocessed by GS


Our measurement of the astronomical unit



Hinode site from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s site has a direct link to the XRT movie

For a composite image from the Hinode Solar Optical Telescope:

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Sky & Telescope coverage by Kelly Beatty
Preliminary Coverage by Alan MacRobert
Espenak’s 2016 Transit of Mercury Map

Earth-Sun distance observation from Enrique Torres/Salomón Gómez/Antonio Ballesteros and Mario Koch, Schillergymnasium Weimar

See Jay M. Pasachoff, Bernd Gährken, and Glenn Schneider, “Using the 2016 Transit of Mercury to Find the Distance to the Sun,” The Physics Teacher, March 2016, vol. 55, pp. 138-141 (the cover story); for a more detailed calculation of the distance to the Sun by Professor Udo Backhaus, see the link.