Transit of Mercury 2006
November 8, 2006

Approximately 300 interested viewers dropped by Books-A-Million to view the tiny planet Mercury transit the face of the sun.  Mercury, approximately 57 million miles from Earth, is only 3032 miles in diameter and shows up as a small round dot against the massive sun.  A large sunspot was near the planet adding to the viewing pleasure.  The event will not occur again until May of 2016.  Thanks to Books-A-Million for providing the space for the viewing.

The "Black Drop Effect"
Notice how the sun tends to "bend" toward Mercury as it begins its transit across the planet.

Above Photos by Don Wheeler

Above Photos by Jim Smith

Above Photo by Mark Blanton

Above Photo by Mark Blanton (published on