Wednesday, 13 November, 2019


Mercury Transit 2019: Planet To Cross Sun In Rare Cosmic Event

Transit of Mercury Image zoom
Kristine Garrett | 05 November, 2019, 17:44

Weather permitting, you will be able to look through a special solar telescope placed in the museum's courtyard and watch a live stream in the Planetarium through the duration of the transit. Venus is the only other planet to transit as Venus and Mercury are between the sun and Earth.

The next transit of Mercury will occur in November of 2032. It's not viewable from Earth every year as each planet takes a different amount of time to orbit the Sun, so they need to be lined up in the right place at the right time for it to be viewable with proper equipment.

This particular event only happens about 13 to 14 times per century.

The last time Mercury passed in front of the Sun (from Earth's perspective) was 2016. As Mercury perfectly lines up in from of the Sun, it will appear as a tiny dot on the star's surface. A travel is much the same as an overshadowing, the planet, for this situation Mercury, will pass or travel before the sun. Since Mercury is so small, however, you will also need binoculars or a telescope to view. The agency noted that the Mercury-Sun transit will occur on November 11.

It wrote: 'With the proper safety equipment, viewers almost everywhere on Earth will be able to see a tiny dark spot moving slowly across the disk of the Sun. We'll have the telescopes and the sun shields you need to safely observe this wonderful event.

Mercury's proximity to the sun and small size make it exquisitely sensitive to the dynamics of the sun and its gravitational pull.

This Mercury transit will occur on Mon., Nov. 11, starting at 7:35 a.m. with the sun very low in the southeast sky.

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