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Transit of Mercury - Tonight

 

Last updated 5/13/2016 at 5:57am

Mercury will cross in front of the sun this evening, an event that only happens around 13 times a century. The last time the earth witnessed this rare astrological event was in 2006 and the next time will be in 2019.

Courtesy of Science at NASA

The transit will begin before sunrise and finish around 11:45 a.m., with the midpoint across the sun around 8 a.m. Be sure to protect your eyes .

Jane Houston Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab said in a posting, "You'll need to view the sun and Mercury through a Solar filter when looking through a telescope or when projecting the image of the Solar disk onto a safe surface. Look a little south of the sun's Equator."

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