Mercury Transit Delivered in Highest-Ever Spatial Resolution By Observatory | Video

On May 9, 2016, the The New Solar Telescope (NST) of NJIT-CSTR's Big Bear Observatory Solar Observatory captured imagery of the smallest planet in our solar system traversing the face of the Sun. The adaptive optics on the NST have the ability to "lock onto dark disk of Mercury" to compensate for atmospheric turbulence. Combined here with footage from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Mercury Transit: Spacecraft's 'Rainbow Of Filters' Delivers Phenomenal Views

credit : Big Bear Solar Observatory of New Jersey Institute of Technology, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics / NASA / SDO. Video compiled by B. Chen, D. Gary, J. Zhang.