Watch tiny, dark Mercury glide across the luminous face of the Sun in glorious timelapse detail

Yesterday’s transit of Mercury between the Sun and Earth was captured by countless amateur and professional astrophotographers alike, including Discover’s photo editor, Ernie Mastroianni. Make sure to check out his post about it, which includes a spectacular image of the transit, here.

Now, the folks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have used images acquired by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft to create a series of timelapse animations stitched together in one video showing …read more