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Observatory Transit feed seen worldwide


Troy Carpenter Goldendale Observatory

SMALL OBJECT, BIG IMPRESSION: In this photo taken by Troy Carpenter at 11:09 a.m. Monday, tiny planet Mercury is seen nearing the end of its transit at the lower-right hand corner of the solar disk. At the moment of this photograph, Mercury was 52 million miles from Earth and 41 million miles from the Sun.

In an event that occurs much less often than once in a blue moon, tiny planet Mercury was witnessed crossing the Sun on Monday, May 9.

The Goldendale Observatory was open from sunrise until noon for the unique occurrence and, for the first time ever, broadcast their observations live to the world via the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus, Ga. The center estimates that upwards of 100,000 people tuned into their webcast and regularly commented on the impressive quality of the Observatory footage, generated by the brand new 152mm Solar Telescope installed as part of the facility capital upgrade.

Over the course of the special seven-hour opening, at least 150 people visited Goldendal...

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