This sequence of [ http://www.solar.isas.ac.jp/sxt_co/980626.html ] false color X-ray images captures a rare event - the passage [ http://www.arrakis.es/~xgarciaf/paso.htm ] or transit of [ http://www.dsellers.demon.co.uk/venus/ven_ch4.htm ] planet Mercury in front of the Sun. Mercury's small disk [ http://www.seds.org/nineplanets/nineplanets/mercury.html ] is silhouetted against the bright background of X-rays from the hot Solar Corona [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap970217.html ]. It appears just to the right of center in the top frame and moves farther right as the sequence progresses toward the bottom. The dark notch is a coronal hole near the Solar South Pole [ http://ulysses.jpl.nasa.gov/ ], while a flaring coronal bright point can be seen to the left of the notch in the top frames. The frames were recorded [ http://www.lmsal.com/SXT/html2/Mercury_Transit_of_Solar_Corona.html ] on November 6, 1993 by the Soft X-ray Telescope [ http://www.lmsal.com/SXT/homepage.html ] on board the orbiting Yohkoh satellite [ http://www.lmsal.com/cgi-bin/yopos ]. Transits of Mercury (and Venus) were historically used to discover the geometry of the solar system [ http://beast.as.arizona.edu/textbook/text/CH03.html ] and to map planet Earth [ http://pacific.vita.org/pacific/cook/ ] itself.