Sun  Planets and Moons  ID: 3386

Mercury Transit from SOHO/MDI

This is a view of the planet Mercury (the tiny moving black dot) as seen by the SOHO MDI.

The narrow field-of-view for this camera mode necessitates the addition of black bars at the top and bottom of the frame to match HD720 resolution.

This movie was generated from telemetry which has undergone a minimum of processing (to deliver quickly for the media) so data dropouts and other quick-processing artifacts may be visible. Special thanks to Steele Hill of the SOHO project for this effort.

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Visualization Credits

Steele Hill (RSIS): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Animator
Philip Scherrer (Stanford University): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
SOHO/Michelson Doppler Interferometer (MDI)/Continuum
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This item is part of this series:
Mercury Transit 2006

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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version