Evansville Museum Hosting Transit of Mercury Viewing Early Monday at Reitz Hill

The transits are a rare event due to Mercury's eccentric orbit around the sun and its incline to Earth's plane

"The transit will already be underway when the sun rises at 7:01 a.m., will reach midpoint by about 9:20 and ends moments after noon".

'Mercury and Venus are the handiest planets that can additionally additionally be considered transiting the Sun from the Earth, as they're the handiest planets that orbit internal Earth's orbit'.

Astronomy club members will have telescopes with special solar filters on hand to allow safe viewing of the event. Transits of Mercury only happen about 13 times per century.

Because Mercury is so small and far away from Earth, a telescope with a proper Sun filter is required to safely see it.

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), will organize a special event on November 11 to observe a rare transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun, the council said in a written statement on Thursday.

On the news side, remember that the probe BepiColombo, launched a year ago to study Mercury, is still on the way to the planet. Directly looking at the Sun without a solar screen can lead to permanent eye damage or even blindness.

On occasion when the geometry is correct, the planet crosses the face of the sun as seen from earth.

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'Attributable to Mercury is so dinky from our perspective on Earth, you'll need binoculars or a telescope with a Sun filter to survey it. However, the first few hours of this transit occurs before sunrise in California, so Mercury will not be visible in our area until around 8 AM.

You may also be remembering the transit of Venus, a much rarer phenomenon. It's expected to take almost five hours for the planet to make its way across, so if you don't get there right at 6:30, you won't miss anything.

A transit can only occur during or close to inferior conjunction when the planet is between the sun and the Earth.

Have you ever observed Mercury through a telescope before?

Keep in mind to put a solar filter on it before viewing.

- Alternate show: Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The orbits of Mercury and the Earth around the Sun are indeed slightly inclined relative to each other. This is an after-school science team from students grades 3-6.

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