Time-lapse photography captures Mercury passing between Earth and sun

NASA captured an incredible time-lapse video of the planet Mercury passing directly between the earth and the Sun for the first time in 10 years.

The video is shot over 7 and a half hours using speed lapse photography.

Mercury is 3,000 miles wide, but it looks like just a tiny dot against the 864,000-mile diameter of the sun.

Amateur astronomers across the world used binoculars with special filters to protect their eyes to watch Mercury pass across the sun.

Scientists say Mercury passes between Earth and the sun just 13 times per century. The next time it’s scheduled to happen will be in 2019.

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