Something Very Cool in the Sky on Monday
Something really cool is going to happen on Monday, May 9th. The planet Mercury will pass in front of the sun such that we’ll be able to see it from earth – this is called a transit. It will look like a small dot on the sun.
This is a rare event. As you know Mercury is closer to the sun than Earth. As Mercury orbits the sun, it occasionally passes between us and the sun. It happens roughly 13 times every 100 years. The last time it happened was 2006.
Just one caution. Don’t look at the sun to try to see it. You can do serious damage to your eyes. So either get with someone who has the appropriate telescope and filters or simply watch it online.