Mercury to Make Rare Pass Across the Sun Today

Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, will pass between the Earth and the star on November 11. The Steller Show takes place only about 13 times in a century and will take place next in 2032. This is a rare transit when the planet is visible. It moves against the surface of the Sun, and should not be missed at any cost. This time around, people in South America, North America, Europe and Africa will be able to see this action.Mercury and Venus are the only two planets that we can see crossing the Sun from Earth. Venus transits are also rare and will not occur until 2117. As Mercury crosses the Sun, it causes a slight drop in the Sun’s brightness, leading scientists to discover more planets that orbit distant stars.

Mercury to Make Rare Pass Across the Sun Today
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Mercury at sunset
If you are in India, you are in a bit of a disappointment. Mercury transit will not be visible from Australia and most of Asia and Alaska. However, you can still catch Tamasha’s live feed. Mercury transit will last for five and a half hours, which will start at 4:35 am Monday (6:05 pm IST). The last time this cosmic event was back in 2016.

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Mercury transit sun live stream
Moving across the Sun’s desk, Mercury would appear as a very small dark place. NASA recommends using “appropriate safety equipment” to enjoy the view. Since Mercury is small, people will need binoculars with a telescope or a sun filter. NASA warns that seeing the sun directly or without proper protection can cause some serious eye damage.

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If you don’t have the proper gear, NASA will flow near-real-time images of the Sun from its Solar Dynamic Observatory during transit. But if you are in the US, you should not miss out at all because this is the last time Mercury will transit from the US to 2049.

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