Transit of Mercury – tiny planet to cross the face of the Sun on 9 May – an annotated infographic

Something yonder this way comes – the planet Mercury. The tiniest and innermostiest planet in our solar system (the one closest to the Sun and the one probably exclaiming every day, “Coo, it’s a bit hot again today, eh?”) will pass between Earth and the Sun on 9 May 2016.

Eagle-eyed skywatchers can catch sight of our perspiring planetary friend by viewing it through a telescope. Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot moving across the face of the Sun.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Mercury revs up for its solar sojourn
Mercury revs up for its solar sojourn
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