Though it looks like an unusual sunspot or maybe a fleck on the camera lens, today’s APOD shows what happens when Mercury eclipses the Sun. Tiny Mercury is framed by eerie clouds as it passes in front of its parent star in what would technically be considered an annular eclipse. Unlike Venusian transits, this occurrence is relatively common, happening 13 times per century. This photo was captured in 2006, and the next Mercurian eclipse will occur in 2016. 


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Anonymous, Eclipse over Boston 02/10/1959, United States

This is the way the eclipse of the sun appeared from a Northeast plane 15,500 feet over nearby Swamp-scott this morning. Bad weather from hurricane Gracie obscured the view from the ground but was seen by a group of Harvard astronomers viewed it from the plane. This shot was made as it reached it’s halfway point. Layer of clouds from the effect in the foreground.


This wasn’t a choice between you and Jacob —it was a choice between who I should be and who I am. I’ve always felt out of step— like, literally stumbling through my life— I’ve never felt normal, because I’m not normal. I don’t want to be. I’ve had to face death, and loss, and pain in your world but I’ve also never felt stronger—like, more real; more myself—because it’s my world, too. It’s where I belong.


What kind of a place was this? Could a world really exist where ancient legends went wandering around the borders of tiny, insignificant towns, facing down mythical monsters? Did this mean every impossible fairy tale was grounded somewhere in absolute truth? Was there anything sane or normal at all, or was everything just magic and ghost stories?