Mercury makes its rare move across the sun

May 9, 2016 12:30 PM

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mercury has begun a relatively rare move across the sun.

The solar-planetary ballet got underway just after 7 a.m. on the east coast with the smallest planet appearing as a tiny black dot on the face of the sun. The transit will last for a total of about 7½ hours. The last time it happened was 2006. It will happen again three years from now, but then not ...

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