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Antelope Island hosts watch party as Mercury passes across the sun Monday

The timings of the transit of MercuryIGN The timings of the transit of MercuryIGN
Terrell Bush | 12 November, 2019, 00:10

In contrast to its 2016 travel, Mercury will score a close to bull's-eye this time, passing for all intents and purposes right on target before our star.

A rare astronomical event known as the Mercury transit, which occurs when Mercury passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, is due to take place between midday and the hours of sunset in Ireland on Monday (approximately 4pm). It starts at about 6:35 a.m. CST, but viewers in some areas, such as the West Coast, will have to wait until the Sun rises at their location to see the transit already in progress.

The phenomenon only happens 13 or 14 times a century and it will be 30 years before North Americans see another one.

The next Mercury transit, according to NASA, isn't until 2032.

In most of the USA and Canada, and New Zealand, the transit will be in progress as the Sun rises.

Stargazers used solar-filtered binoculars and telescopes to spot Mercury - a tiny black dot - as it passed directly between Earth and the sun on Monday.

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The Duchess of Sussex attended with her husband, Prince Harry , with both royals laying crosses at the memorial. Leigh Smith said: "We had a party when Harry and Meghan got married and we've followed their story ever since.

During its 2012 transit of the sun, larger and closer Venus was barely detectable by Young with his solar-viewing glasses. "So Mercury's going to probably be too small".

"Another use of transits is the dimming of Sun or starlight as a planet crosses in front of it". It has a smaller orbit than that of the Earth, circling the sun in just 88 days, compared with the 365 days it takes the Earth to make the same trip. It's this kind of transit that allows scientists to discover alien worlds.

Planetary transits also provide astronomers with enough information to determine a planet's size and how far away they are from their host stars.

Look at little Mercury go!

"It can lead to serious and permanent vision damage". Always use a safe Sun filter to protect your eyes!

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