Yesterday, Mercury’s orbit passed in front of the Sun for the first time since 2012 and the last time until 2019. Even if you were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the spectacle taking place, chances are you didn’t get as good a view as NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Luckily, the space agency has dropped a beautiful timelapse video showing the whole thing in all of its humbling glory.
The observatory itself was set up to monitor the Sun’s activity and its impact upon the solar system. Given that this only happens around 13 times per century, this is probably the best footage you’ll see for a little while. So check it out above, but prepare to feel rather small and insignificant in comparison to the spectacle’s awesome beauty.