Unless you're the proud owner of professional grade camera and telescope equipment, there's a good chance you didn't catch the rare astronomical event known as the Mercury Transit on Monday -- at least without burning your damn eyeballs out. But luckily, NASA has released a ridiculously stunning time-lapse video showing the tiny planet cross over the Sun. And yes, it's just as cool-looking as it sounds.
The video captures Mercury -- which appears as a tiny black dot -- making its trip across the enormous, blazing star. The spectacular phenomenon occurs when Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun, something that only happens about every 13 years. In other words, you've probably never seen anything like it, and it's almost certainly the best footage you'll see of it for a long time now. Maybe we'll all be able to watch it happen via the badass virtual reality headsets everyone will be wearing 13 years from now.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and found this to be much cooler than he initially though it'd be. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.
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