Watch Mercury Sail Across the Sun

May 7, 2016 12:38 PM

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It’s an astronomical event known as the Mercury transit, and it occurs about a dozen times a century.

During the trip, the planet will appear as a black speck awash in the sun’s light. You can track its celestial silhouette for about seven hours, starting around 7:12 a.m. Eastern and ending around 2:42 p.m.

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