Photograph of the last Transit of Mercury across the front of the Sun, on 2006 November 8.
Mercury is the small dot near the center of the Sun's image, which also shows sunspots
which are much larger than Mercury. The next Transit of Mercury will occur in the
morning and early afternoon of May 9, a fairly rare event that will only happen 14 times this century.
NEVER look directly at the Sun, a solar eclipse, or a solar transit of a planet with a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device unless you have the special training and special equipment to do so safely. Otherwise, this would cause PERMANENT BLINDNESS
Check with a local planetarium, astronomical observatory, science center or museum, the Astronomy or Physics Department at a local college or university, amateur astronomers' club, or local library. Sometimes, one or more of these organizations will sponsor a safe observing session of this Solar Transit of the Planet Mercury, utilizing professional equipment operated by trained astronomers.
Live, safe images of this event can be viewed on the Internet at < http://live.slooh.com/ >. In south suburban Pittsburgh, live, safe images of this event can be viewed at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library - More Information.
(Image Sources: Wikipedia.org , By Brocken Inaglory - Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3974418 )
Astronomical Calendar for 2016 May:
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Source: Friends of the Zeiss.
2016 May 2.
May 9 - Safe Public Viewing of Rare Astronomical Event
2016: 75th Year of Pittsburgh's Buhl Planetarium Observatory
Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2016/01/astronomical-calendar-2016-january.html
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