For all those people who have been asking whether there is an appropriate George Woodward sketch to mark the transit of Mercury: Yes, indeed there is:
The cartoon (ref: D5459/1/93/24) shows the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande (1732-1807) telling Napoleon Buonaparte that he has discovered an island in the moon. Napoleon’s response – that he has already despatched a king to take possession of it – refers to the latter’s policy of turning family members into kings.
The celestial whatnot will begin not long after midday today. Looking up at the sun won’t work – and obviously you are too smart for that anyway – but if you are reading this before it happens, you can follow a broadcast of the event by clicking the Play button below. Or you can find out more about the whole shooting-match courtesy of the NASA website.