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Tech & Science Planet Mercury passes across the face of the Sun

01:50  12 november  2019
01:50  12 november  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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Mercury is making a rare transit, where the planet passes across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. Transits are a visible demonstration of how the planets move around the Sun ." The entire event is visible from the eastern US and Canada, the south-western tip of Greenland, most of the

Live media interviews about Mercury , our solar system's smallest planet , that will appear as a small black dot gliding across the face of the Sun .

  Planet Mercury passes across the face of the Sun © Getty Images

Mercury is making a rare transit, where the planet passes across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth.

During the transit, Mercury appears as a dark silhouetted disc against the bright surface of our star.

There are 14 transits this century; the last was in 2016, but the next one will not be until 2032.

However, astronomers urged the public to follow safety advice, as looking at the Sun without protection can seriously damage the eyes.

The transit began at 12:35 GMT, when the edge of Mercury appeared to touch the edge of the Sun.

It will end at 18:04 GMT when the edge of the silhouetted planet will appear to leave the Sun's disc.

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On Monday, November 11, the planet Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun in an event that won’t happen again for another thirteen During this transit, Mercury will be visible as a tiny pinprick of darkness against the Sun ’s surface. This transit will start at 7:35 AM ET and will last for

Want to catch a glimpse of Mercury ? Don’t look too close, but on November 11, our solar system's smallest planet will appear as a small black dot gliding across the face of the Sun . During this rare astronomical event, called a transit, Mercury ’s orbit passes directly between Earth and the Sun

Professor Mike Cruise, president of the UK's Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), said: "This is a rare event, and we'll have to wait 13 years until it happens again. Transits are a visible demonstration of how the planets move around the Sun."

The entire event is visible from the eastern US and Canada, the south-western tip of Greenland, most of the Caribbean, Central America, the whole of South America and some of West Africa.

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In Europe (including the UK), the middle East, and most of Africa, the Sun will set before the transit ends, and so the latter part of the event will not be visible.

In most of the US and Canada, and New Zealand, the transit will be in progress as the Sun rises. Observers in eastern Asia, southern and south-eastern Asia, and Australia will not be able to see the transit.

Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System.

It completes each orbit around the Sun every 88 days, and passes between the Earth and Sun every 116 days. As the orbit of Mercury around the Sun is tilted compared with the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, the planet normally appears to pass above or below our nearest star.

A transit can only take place when the Earth, Mercury and the Sun are exactly in line in three dimensions.

Mini Mercury skips across sun's vast glare in rare transit .
Mini Mercury skipped across the vast, glaring face of the sun today in a rare celestial transit. Stargazers used solar-filtered binoculars and telescopes to spot Mercury — a tiny black dot — as it passed directly between Earth and the sun. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

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