Seminole State planetarium hosting Mercury transit viewing

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A rare cosmic event will take place next week as Mercury perfectly lines up in front of the Sun from Earth's perspective. The super rare transit of Mercury will happen on November 11 and with the right equipment and weather, you will be able to actually see it.

According to NASA, Mercury will begin its journey across the sun on November 11, 2019 at roughly 7.35am EST time (which is 2.30pm SAT). Venus is the only other planet to transit as Venus and Mercury are between the sun and Earth.

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

After this, it doesn't occur again until 2032, so take this opportunity to see it now.

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Nasa states that this event typically only happens about 13 times per century and hadn't happened in almost a decade prior to the May 9, 2016 transit of Mercury. As it does, Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot moving across the surface of the sun. In our solar system, that is only possible for planets closer to the sun than Earth: Mercury and Venus. Ways to view the sun safely can be found here. The simplest way to do this is by following the pinhole projection method, which involves viewing the Sun's projected image on a piece of paper.

"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", NASA stated.

Keep in mind to ensure your telescope has a proper solar filter as looking at the sun without one can cause serious eye damage. Mercury is so small in comparison to the sun, so binoculars and/or a telescope will help.

You can also live stream the event here.

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