Sic Transit Gloria Mercury

Just sumpthin’ that doesn’t happen every day

~ vid ~
~ livestreaming (see also: watching paint drying) ~

Some’a y’all’s Monday might could use an upper.
Well, an upper if you discount the postulate that we’re all gonna dieee* !
Or, if you’re so inclined, it could be a UFO.

In any case, we don’t get a vote, so sit back and enjoy either nature, the end of the world, or our new alien overlords. Personally, I’m goin’ with the nature option, but I’ll be totally embarrassed if I’m wrong.
* I’m often quite impressed by this kind of exposition. Not convinced, just impressed. Now, if these signs had been surprises, well…

More fun with Mercury: the classical physics (Kepler/Newton) vs general relativity (Einstein) divergence.


  1. mech
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 8:26 am |

    Here Spot, here spot. C’mon spot.


    Out, out, darned Spot.

    A Transit without the tax dollars. But then Mercury isn’t in anyone’s congressional district. Yet.

  2. MikeG
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 10:11 am |

    So of COURSE Minnesota is buried under a thick cloud bank. Dammit.

  3. Deaf Smith
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 4:02 pm |

    Murcury? I thought it was called Crematoria?

  4. ZZMike
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm |

    More watchable was the transit of Venus – in fact, two of them – in our lifetime (which doesn’t happen all that often). Last two were in June 2012, and June 2004 (we saw both). Next pair is sometime in 2117.

  5. mojo
    Posted May 10, 2016 at 10:00 am |

    Mercury is always transiting the sun – it is the innermost planet, after all – it’s just that we’re not usually in a position to see it.

    In other words, it depends.