Mercury Transit Timeline: The Stages of Today's Rare Celestial Sight

May 9, 2016 7:43 AM

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Mercury Transit Timeline: The Stages of Today's Rare Celestial Sight

Mercury will cross the sun's face from Earth's perspective Monday (May 9) for the first time since 2006, and the last until 2019.

You can watch the 7.5-hour Mercury transit first-hand through a telescope, provided you have the proper solar filters. (Never look directly at the sun without such protection; blindness can result.) Or you can catch the event online; NASA, for example, will broadcast near-real time views from the So...

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