Source: News Bharati English10 May 2016 14:32:21
Mumbai, May 10: Mercury passed between Earth and the sun on May 9th, which happens only about 13 times a century, with the previous transit taking place in 2006. While Delhi saw the Mercury transit for 2 hours 20 minutes from 4.41pm till the sunset at 7.01pm, Kolkata saw it from 4.41pm for 1 hour 26 minutes.
Mumbai saw the Mercury passing over the Sun from 4.41pm for about 2 hours 24 minutes, while in Chennai the event will start at 4.41pm and it can be seen for duration of about 1 hour 45 minutes.
The planet Mercury is seen in silhouette, lower third of image, as it transits across the face of the sun Monday, May 9, 2016, as viewed from Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
NASA is inviting media and viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the Monday, May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Media may view the event at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
A stunning digital model of Mercury unveils the planet's striking landscape, while other new maps provide a closer look at the shadowed northern pole and reveal the highest and lowest points on the closest planet to the sun.
Built with data from NASA's MESSENGER mission that orbited Mercury for four years, the new maps offer a bounty of scientific insight, while also delivering an incredible view of the planet.
This first-ever global digital-elevation model (DEM) of Mercury combines more than 10,000 images acquired by the spacecraft to take viewers across the wide-open spaces of the tiny world. The animation reveals the planet's highest and lowest points. The highest is found just south of Mercury's equator, sitting 2.78 miles (4.48 kilometers) above the average elevation of the planet.