In Rare Show, Mercury Will Transit Across Sun on Monday

Mercury’s trip across sun next week won’t be seen again until 2032

Mercury’s trip across sun next week won’t be seen again until 2032

In Europe - including the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and most of Africa, the sun will set before the transit ends, and so the latter part of the event will not be visible.

Claire Odhav of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, Durban chapter, said "Mercury will pass directly in front of the sun and be visible through telescopes with solar filter as a small black dot crossing the sun's face".

If the heavens part in Seattle, there are ways to watch the transit happen in the sky. The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence to view.

Mercury's next transit isn't until 2032, and North America won't get another viewing opportunity until 2049.

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Although there are 14 transits of Mercury occurring this century, not all will be visible from a given location on Earth. With its swift 88-day orbit, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun every four months or so. "The sun can cause permanent eye damage in only a second". Even with solar eclipse glasses, Mercury is too small to be easily seen with the unaided eye. (You wouldn't be able to see much with your naked eyes, anyway.) Instead, you'll need a telescope or binoculars with a certified solar filter. Some of those viewing aids are custom-made with the filters, and you might be able to pick them up over the weekend at a well-equipped telescope or camera store if you're so inclined. Astronomy experts expect the transit to begin in the eastern time zone around 7:35 a.m. on Monday, lasting for about five and a half hours. Australia and most of Asia are out of luck.

The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 is planning to broadcast the event live via a webcast.

Don't get your hopes up for a Venus transit next - that won't happen until 2117.

However, anyone can watch the transit on a livestream from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a sun-orbiting spacecraft.

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