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  Mercury: Astronomy: Mercury - TRAVERSING THE SUN
Posted on Saturday, December 04 @ 15:56:39 CST by astronomy
 
 
  Mercury

TRAVERSING THE SUN

At rare intervals, observers can see Mercury cross in front of the Sun. The next two such transits of Mercury will occur on 7 May 2003 and 8 November 2006, and both will last about five hours.

When transit day arrives, rig your telescope for viewing the Sun and look for Mercury as a tiny dot crawling across its face. It will resemble a small sunspot, but will move detectably after several minutes.

 
 
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