Mercury Transit November 11, 2019
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(image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)
On the morning of November 11, 2019 the planet Mercury will pass between the Earth and Sun. This astronomical phenomena won't be seen again until 2032, so be sure to catch it if you have clear skies. Here's how!
The transit starts at 7:34am on the East Coast of the US and will be happening at sunrise for everyone west of the Rocky Mountains. While Mercury is too small to see with your eclipse glasses, now is a good time to find a nearby astronomy club and attend an observing event.
Find your nearest club here!
Here's what you don't want to do!
Please do not combine solar viewing/eclipse glasses with binoculars.
You can severely damage your eyes!
Thanks to Vince Patton for this demonstration (right) of what happens if you combine eclipse glasses and binoculars. Remember melting things in the sun with magnifying glasses? Don't let that be your eye!
Only ever view through a telescope with a certified solar filter or risk permenant damage to your eyes. Many astronomy clubs will be holding public viewing events and have solar filters on their telescopes. This transit lasts more than 5 hours, so take time to find someone observing or project an image yourself!
If you have an small refractor telescope and would like an inexpensive way to project the transit safely, Rick Feinberg from the American Astronomical Society came up with this step-by-step sun funnel that has been tested and enjoyed by many.
There will also be broadcasts of the event live and we'll keep this page updated as those emerge.
More information about the transit can be found at InTheSky.org
The Astronomical League is offering a Special Award for members and you can see an NSN certificate for printing for visitors below.
Last updated: Aug 29, 2019