The Transit of Mercury (11/11/2019)


Mercury Transit Photo


This is just one of some 750+ frames I got (at fifteen second intervals) during the part of the transit visible here, the Sun not rising until 1½ hours after the 5½ hour event started. Unfortunately my sequence was not continuous, as there were a couple of periods where clouds moving through intervened for several minutes.

Note the total absence of sunspots, which has been the case for practically all of 2019. About a month later (12/9), the count was up to 262 consecutive days without a sunspot. The string reached 274 days, and December 2019 was declared the minimum in the solar cycle.

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