Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
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Rare celestial event to feature Mercury and the Sun

Rare celestial event to feature Mercury and the Sun

Mercury is the closest planet from the sun and orbits once every 88 days.

A planetary transit occurs when one planet is observed to transit the sun when viewed from another planet.

As Mercury transits the sun, the planet will appear as a very tiny dot against the huge disk of our star, so watching it will require a telescope or binoculars and special solar filters. "The fastest planet Mercury will pass between the Sun and the Earth", Varank said on Twitter.

'It's a rare tournament you obtained't are looking out to miss!' Nasa wrote.

A transit can only occur during or close to inferior conjunction when the planet is between the sun and the Earth.

However here on humanity's homeworld, they offer us a chance to lumber hunting for the wonder of the universe and (most doubtless) realise the pettiness of our Earthly concerns.

Do not forget to put a solar filter on it before viewing.

Last night, at the Tulare Astronomical Association meeting, the group chose to hold a free public viewing of the rare Mercury transit event happening Monday morning on November 11.

Newfoundlanders who want to see the transit of Mercury can view it at the Signal Hill National Historic Park Interpretation Centre parking lot from 12:30 2:30 p.m. From our perspective, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible.

Below, you'll find all the places to watch Mercury in transit across Canada. The Tulare Astronomical Association is offering a free public viewing of this exceedingly rare transit through a telescope equipped with a solar filter; this special viewing will take place at the Arthur Pursell Observatory located south of Tulare. You would perhaps per chance per chance even be ready to abet a viewing event at an enviornment museum or astronomy membership tournament. Never look directly at the sun with a telescope. Cease now not survey at present on the Sun with out a solar filter'. Whereas the moon is capable of blocking all of the Sun's light from reaching the Earth, Mercury's size and distance means only a fraction of the Sun will be blocked.

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

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