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There's a little black spot on the sun today

Monday, November 11, 2019

The planet Mercury orbits the sun once every 88 of our days. But only once every few years are we in position to see it crossing, or transiting over the sun. The last time was in 2016, the next time will be in 2032, and the next time we in North America will catch a glimpse of the Sun's nearest neighbor crossing over it's face, it'll be the year 2049.

But it happened this morning, not that I could see the sun through the blanket of clouds producing the 5 or 6 inches of snow that eventually fell here in southeastern Michigan. Looking at the pictures of the event posted from various sources (observatories, amateur photographers, etc), all I could think of was the opening lyric to the song King of Pain, by The Police, "There's a little black spot on the sun today."


Never did wander outside today, so I'll have to pay the price of cleaning up all that snow tomorrow. Not looking forward to it, especially what with having agreed to go out to West Bloomfield in the morning to play pickleball against some different people. Hope the roads are cleared off well, so that drive doesn't get too annoying.
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