Mercury Transit – Monday Nov. 11

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Mercury Transit – Monday Nov. 11

Long exposure of  a previous Mercury Transit showing Mercury's path in front of the sun.

Long exposure of a previous Mercury Transit showing Mercury's path in front of the sun.

Long exposure of a previous Mercury Transit showing Mercury's path in front of the sun.

Long exposure of a previous Mercury Transit showing Mercury's path in front of the sun.

Aidan Janney, Staff Writer

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Monday, November 11th, Mercury is completing a transit in front of the sun. This is an awesome event that won’t happen again until November 2032. Mercury will pass in front of the sun along a path similar to the photo shown. This is an incredibly rare event since only two planets (Mercury and Venus) can ever pass in front of the sun.

Update: The Mercury Transit viewings hosted by the Astronomical Society were cancelled due to inclement weather. You can still try and view the mercury transit yourself if the weather allows for it and you have the proper eye protection.

This is a website relating to how to view solar events: Exploratorium: Viewing a Solar Eclipse

There are a variety of options available to view the 2019 Mercury Transit:
The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society and KRCC are hosting a viewing opportunity downtown at 912 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 from 7:00 am – 11:00 am
The Astronomical Society is also hosting another viewing party in Palmer Park – Palmer Park, 3650 Maizeland Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 from 7-11 am
Do Not Attempt to View the Transit using your naked eye, binoculars, or any telescopes that do not have solar protection.
The best time to see the transit would probably be around 7:30-10:30am if you can’t stay for a longer period of time, because Mercury will be more easily visible.

This is an exciting opportunity to see a rare astronomical event that provides a little insight into how our solar system works.

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