What is the Mercury Transit?
The Mercury Transit is a rare phenomenon which occurs when the planet Mercury appears as a small dot in front of the sun. The solar system’s most researched and remarkable planet passes directly in front of it and can be seen for a brief time against the sun’s solar disk in transit. The Mercury Transit will be visible to most of
Western Europe, South America, and Eastern North America, but Australia and Eastern Asia will be left out.
So, here are the five best locations to catch the best sight of the next occurrence, which will be in November 2019.
The shortest duration at 55 minutes, the transit will be in process during sunset in Moscow. It’s a perfect opportunity to catch sight of this phenomenon. Just remember to check the weather and cloud cover, since the day was recorded to be cloudy 94% of the time. Additionally, the transit can only be viewed through sun filters and high-power telescopes for eye protection.
London, United Kingdom
Visible for 3 hours and 42 minutes, you should have an unobstructed view of the sun at approximately 3:20 pm since the sun is closest to the horizon. Get to a high point and a location with a clear sky to catch the best view of one of the rarest astronomical occurrences to take place. Mercury, known as “the swift planet,” will cross the face of the sun.
New York City, New York
For 5 hours and 28 minutes, the whole path of the sun will be visible across the United States. Many of the clubs and astronomy centers are preparing for the occurrence with high powered telescopes. Central Park, New Jersey, Inwood Hil Park, and Ocean County College are making arrangements for the sighting. Be sure to check out each of them to find the best spot.
Washington D.C., Maryland
Washington, D.C. will have a view of the Mercury transit for a whopping 5 hours and 28 minutes. Make sure to have a clear view of the sun when it’s closest to the horizon, and Mercury is entirely within the edge. Find the best spots to take a selfie of this even in the nation’s capital.
Los Angeles, California
Mercury is closest to the center of the sun when seen from Los Angeles. The transit is already in effect starting from sunrise, and the duration lasts for around 3 hours and 43 minutes. A high point or clear area in Los Angeles will help you catch the best possible view of the Mercury transit. It’s expected to start from 6 am and end at 10 am.
So remember to pack all of your gear and head out to some of these locations. Take precautions, however, since the sun is at a dangerous point. This is fatal for the eyes to see without protection. If you catch sight, make sure to capture it and share it with friends and family.