On Monday Nov.11th, the planet Mercury will move across, or transit, the face of the Sun as it moves between the Earth and our central star. These transits are somewhat rare, happening on average on 13 times a century and when they do occur only about 1/2 the planet is able to observe them. Thus, from any one location, only 7 or so are visible per 100 years.
This transit is placed for observers in the Eastern US. The transit will already be in progress (it starts around 6:35 am) when the Sun rises around 6:45 am and will end shortly after 1 pm.
Unfortunately, observing such transits are challenging because they require special equipment for observing the sun. Even with eclipse glasses, the planet is so small, you won’t be able to see its dark silhouette. Watching the transit requires the specialized use of binoculars or a telescope. Remember: IT IS NEVER SAFE TO LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH BINOCULARS OR A TELESCOPE. You must equip the telescope with a special solar filter, which you can find here. The other option is to use solar projection, which you can learn about here.
As always, weather permitting, we’ll be recording the event and posting photos to our twitter feed, which you can find on our home page.