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On Monday May 9, 2016, from 7:12 am EST to 2:42 pm EST, Mercury will traverse the face of the sun in a rare occurrence.
The next ones will be November 11, 2019 and November 13, 2032! http://eclipsewise.com/oh/tm2016.html
It will be relatively small (like a small sunspot), so special solar observing techniques and magnification using a solar telescope is important. You won’t be able to see it using pinhole projection, for example, or by using the dark "eclipse glasses" - the dark spot will just be too small. Use a "sunspotter", or binocular projection, or special solar filters on binoculars or telescopes.
Here is more information and some safe techniques:
There will be places you can watch online:
Here’s a diagram of the solar system at the time of the transit:
There will be a live SDO feed at http://mercurytransit.gsfc.nasa.gov
If you live in Houston, WEATHER PERMITTING, we will have the Rice campus observatory open from 10 am - 1pm. We will have a 8inch telescope with a solar filter and an h-alpha solar telescope.
For more details about our open house see:
"Why does man want to go to the Moon?
... Why does Rice play Texas?"..JFK, Rice Stadium, 1962
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