Idaho November 02, 2019
Watch Mercury Pass Between The Earth And The Sun During This Rare Astronomical Event In Idaho
If you consider yourself an astronomy enthusiast, chances are you’re aware of a rare astronomical event that’s taking place later this month. If you’re not aware, don’t sweat it. There’s still time to prepare for this highly anticipated event—the Mercury Transit. Similiar to a solar eclipse, a transit occurs when a planet passes directly between the Earth and the sun. It makes for a stunning sight, and it’s something you definitely don’t want to miss. Read on to learn all about the upcoming transit and what you need to view it!
A rare astronomical event will be visible from Idaho soon, and you'll want to be sure not to miss it. The Mercury Transit will take place on Monday, November 11, so you'll want to start preparing to see it now.
When it occurs on November 11, the transit will be visible across almost the entirety of North America and South America (along with parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.) What makes this transit so exciting is the fact that it won't occur again until 2032, so don't skip this one!
A transit of Mercury typically occurs around 13 times every century, but it's definitely worth the wait. Although a telescope is required to see the tiny speck that is Mercury, the sight of it passing right in front of the sun is truly out-of-this-world.
Of course, looking at the sun without protection can be extremely damaging. Just like the solar eclipse that occurred in 2017, viewers will need eye protection to view the transit without damaging their eyes.
The special solar filter glasses that many used to view the 2017 eclipse will work for viewing any sort of transit or eclipse in the future. However, since Mercury can't be seen with your bare eye, you'll need to get your hands on a telescope with a certified solar filter.
It's important to note that a regular telescope or binoculars over a pair of eclipse glasses will not work. So if you don't happen to have a solar telescope handy, you may just have to plan a visit to your local observatory or planetarium. If all else fails, you can view the transit
The sight of Mercury passing right in front of the sun is a must for any astronomy enthusiast. This rare event will be happening soon so start making plans to see it with your own eyes right away. Otherwise you'll just have to wait another 13 years!
Are you prepared for the upcoming Mercury Transit? This astronomical event will take place during the daytime, but you can always plan a visit to this
observatory at an Idaho State Park that’s the perfect place to gaze at the night sky.