November 11, 2019

Mercury to pass in front of Sun today

Mercury to pass in front of Sun today

Once in every 13 years, Mercury planet passes in front of the sun. Today (11/11/2019), skywatchers around the world will be able to witness such occurrence.

The event known as ‘transit,’ can be seen anywhere from any part of the world using the right equipment depending on cloud cover.

The transit is expected to last for about 5.5 hours, so, no need to be in a hurry. There are lots of time to always catch up on the show.

Skywatchers can start expecting from 04:35 PST (1:35 PM).

The President of the Royal Astronomical Society, Professor Mike Cruise was quoted by DailyMail to have said: “Transits are a visible demonstration of how the planets move around the Sun, and everyone with access to the right equipment should take a look.”

Only two planets ― Mercury and Venus orbit the sun closer to the Earth than any other planets.

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When this happens, Mercury will be visible from the Earth as a tiny dot about 0,5 per cent of the diameter of the sun itself.

“The sky will put on a stellar show, as Mercury crosses in front of the Sun.” said NASA.

“From our perspective on Earth, we can only ever see Mercury and Venus cross in front of, or transit, the Sun, so it’s a rare event you won’t want to miss!”

Vanguard News Nigeria.