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Transit of Mercury
The transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun that took place in November 2006. Mercury appears as a black speck in the Sun's lower center-right region; the black areas on the left and right edges are sunspots. The transit was first recorded by French astronomer Pierre Gassendi on November 7, 1631. Transits of Mercury take place in May or November, at intervals of 7, 13, or 33 years, with the next one scheduled to appear in May 2016.Photo: Mila Zinkova
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