You won't see this for another 10 years! Here's how you can watch Mecury pass over the sun today

By admin
09 May 2016

South Africans can watch the planet Mercury passing on Monday from about 13:00.

It’s an extremely rare occurrence which happens just 13 times a century. The last time it happened was in 2006 – and if you miss it this time your next opportunity to see it will be in 2019.

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The Slooh observatory will capture and broadcast the phenomenon from remote-controlled  telescopes – and are warning people not to look directly at the sun as it can cause extreme damage.

Read more: 9 weird things that happen to astronauts in space

Astronomer and writer Mark Thompson shows why humans should not view the sun through a telescope – and be warned, it’s gruesome stuff  . . .

Speaking of space…

Have you booked your tickets for Gateway to Space: The Exhibition yet? Click here for a sneak peak of what’s in store at the exhibition.

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SOURCES: BoredPanda, ABC, Instagram

Sources: Astronomy.com; Mashable.com

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