Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Rare solar event: Transit of Mercury on November 11

Rare clear skies might give Seattle a chance to see Mercury in transit OKC Astronomy Club to host Mercury transit viewing at Scissortail Park
Sandy Nunez | 09 November, 2019, 13:50

The planet Mercury will appear as a tiny, circular silhouette on the face of the sun as it undergoes an nearly ideal syzygy with the sun and Earth.

A live observation broadcast of a planetary transit, when Mercury passes across the Sun's disk, will be also watched at Akdeniz University campus in Antalya, where the observatory experts will inform the participants about the rare scene, it added.

There are 13 or 14 transits of Mercury each century, so they are comparatively rare events, though each one can typically be seen over a large area of the Earth's surface, the RAS says.

The transit will begin around 7:35 a.m. ET on Monday and last over 5 hours.

Those looking towards the sun on Monday may notice a tiny black disc moving across the glowing orb in a rare celestial event. Instead, the planet will look like a freckle on the face of the sun as illustrated in the photo above, and the video below.

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Solar transits happens less than twice a century with Venus, and 13 or 14 times a century with Mercury.

Nasa has offered its personal advice on watching the transit of Mercury.

Special precautions must be taken when viewing the sun. Because of these planets' size relative to the sun, a transit can only be seen by means of a telescope. You would perhaps per chance per chance even be ready to abet a viewing event at an enviornment museum or astronomy membership tournament. The visual requirements are identical to those for observing sunspots and partial solar eclipses - you need to use special solar filters to protect your eyes. According to NASA, spectators need to see binoculars or telescope with a Sun filter to witness the phenomenon as Mercury is so small from our perspective on Earth.

'Taking a perceive on the Sun at present or thru a telescope with out neutral accurate protection can lead to severe and permanent imaginative and prescient harm. This should not be viewed without proper filters.

This can attain the centre at about 3.19pm earlier than ending its wander at 6.04pm.