Mercury makes rare move across the sun

2016-05-09 14:05

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Cape Canaveral – Mercury makes a relatively rare move across the sun on Monday.

Visible just after 07:00 on the east coast, the smallest planet will appear as a tiny black dot on the face of the sun, and the transit will last for about 7.5 hours. The last time it happened was 2006. It will happen again three years from now, but then not until 2032. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century.

The entirety of Mercury's journey will be viewable to the eastern US and Canada, as well as most of western Europe and South America.

To catch a glimpse of the solar-planetary ballet, viewers will need binoculars or telescopes with protective solar filters. Mercury's journey can also be seen on NASA's website, where it will be livestreamed.

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