Rare sighting of Mercury transiting the sun next week Monday

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 8, 2019

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), will organize a special event on November 11 to observe a rare transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun, the council said in a written statement on Thursday. Our planet is in third position since our star, the transits occur only with two worlds: Mercury and Venus.

As Mercury and Venus lie within the orbit of the earth, they sometimes come exactly between us and the sun, and can be seen crossing the face of the sun for the duration of a few hours. This rare planetary event will commence at 4:35 am and end at 10:04 am. Merely 13 transits of Mercury occur each century.

A woman looks through a specially filtered telescope during the 2006 Mercury transit.

Our solar system's innermost planet Mercury will pass directly in front of the Sun.

According to NASA, Mercury will pass directly between the Sun and Earth, causing a small part of the Sun to be obscured by Mercury's shadow. Simply because it is a very little earth - somewhat even larger than our moon - it will be viewed as a incredibly smaller dot, necessitating the support of filter-geared up binoculars or telescope.

Astronomy club members will have telescopes with special solar filters on hand to allow safe viewing of the event. For observers in the western US, the transit will already be underway when the sun rises locally at 6:43 a.m. It's expected to take almost five hours for the planet to make its way across, so if you don't get there right at 6:30, you won't miss anything.

Below, you'll find all the places to watch Mercury in transit across Canada. Astronomers used transits to gain a better understanding of the size of the planets and their distance from Earth. There will be solar telescopes set-up for public viewing for enthusiasts of all ages. An event will be hosted at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall from 8 a.m.to 1 p.m.

It wrote: 'With the coolest security equipment, viewers almost some distance and vast on Earth will be ready to survey a slight darkish advise transferring slowly across the disk of the Sun. This is an after-school science team from students grades 3-6.

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