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Transit of mercury : 11 November 2019
10th Nov, 2019 at 4:38pm
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Transit of Mercury 11 November 2019

The Mercury Transit of 2019 is due on November 11th 2019, between approx 12:30 pm and 18:00 pm.



What happens is that the planet Mercury, which is nearest the sun, passes between the earth and the sun so it passes across in front of the sun as a tiny black dot. It is not possible and very dangerous to use any conventional telescope as that would instantly burn your eyes out, but special instruments and satellites designed to look directly at the sun's surface will see a distinct small black circle.  It will start off at the edge of the sun and slowly move across after about 5 and half hours.

Mercury transits occur every several years and are predictable using calculations about orbit positions of mercury and the earth.

There may be a live stream video here, if the weather is favourable at the observing site



Come back here about 1pm GMT on Monday 11th Nov 2019.

I hope it works.

Best regards, Eric.
  

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Re: Transit of mercury : 11 November 2019
Reply #1 - 11th Nov, 2019 at 1:09pm
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I have just taken this screen shot at 13:04pm GMT :



The Sun and Mercury are visible.

The big white picture shows part of the sun, from a clear sky location. I think it says from Norway.

The smaller darker square image is a magnified portion showing the disk of Mercury above the sun's surface.  You can seen clouds passing over so this magnified image is presumably coming from a different location.
  

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Re: Transit of mercury : 11 November 2019
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Above is an extracted image of the transit, from the video below:

  

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