OKC Astronomy Club to host Mercury transit viewing at Scissortail Park

The transits are a rare event due to Mercury's eccentric orbit around the sun and its incline to Earth's plane

The transits are a rare event due to Mercury's eccentric orbit around the sun and its incline to Earth's plane

A transit of Mercury will take place when the smallest planet in the solar system passes between the Earth and the sun.

'Mercury and Venus are the handiest planets that can additionally additionally be considered transiting the Sun from the Earth, as they're the handiest planets that orbit internal Earth's orbit'. The event will last until approximately 3pm, or as long as the sun remains in an observable position in the sky.

Luckily, there are a bunch of events across Canada that will allow anyone to use someone else's equipment to view the super rare transit of Mercury. There's a lot of incredible stuff out there we might never witness, but there are some pretty incredible things we can see for ourselves, such as Mercury in transit across the sun. During the transit, it will appear in filtered telescopes as a small, black disk moving across the face of the sun. Directly looking at the Sun without a solar screen can lead to permanent eye damage or even blindness.

Mercury is the closest planet from the sun and orbits once every 88 days.

Stargazers across western Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America will see a planet pass directly between Earth and Sun in an astronomical alignment known as Mercury transit. Only Mercury and Venus transits can be viewed by Earth-based observers as the planets' orbits lie within Earth's orbital path around the sun. It's expected to take almost five hours for the planet to make its way across, so if you don't get there right at 6:30, you won't miss anything.

Have you ever observed Mercury through a telescope before?

It is essential to have a certified solar filter on the part of the telescope where light enters. Workshops will be available on Nov. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m.to noon, as well as extended public hours on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Registration begins Monday, Nov. 11.

It wrote: 'With the coolest security equipment, viewers almost some distance and vast on Earth will be ready to survey a slight darkish advise transferring slowly across the disk of the Sun.

This can attain the centre at about 3.19pm earlier than ending its wander at 6.04pm.

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