Spectacular Sight: Mercury Crossing the Sun’s Disk in 2019

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Mercury Transits the Sun 2019

On November 11th 2019 the innermost planet of our solar system transited the face of the Sun.   That is Mercury passed directly in front of the sun and was visible through telescopes with solar filters as a small black dot crossing the sun’s face.   The next transit will occur in 2032 which is in 33 years.   To see it from Calgary it looks like we will have to wait another 17 years in 2049!  Transit of Mercury

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Feature Image

So I set up my scope and observed the event in the cold chilly air up on Nose Hill.  After the sun climbed higher in the sky and after allowing a number of the public to get a direct view, I took the feature image. The Planet is the little black dot in the upper right.

Here I am set up

Mercury Transit Set-up

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