GENERIC: Space

A rare space event is happening on Monday November 11th. 

That rare event happening Monday happens to be Mercury (the smallest and innermost planet of the solar system) will transit the sun. In other words, Mercury will pass in front of the sun. The last time this event occurred was in 2016, and won't happen again until 2032.

It will be visible by using a telescope with solar filters. It will appear as a small black dot passing in front of the sun's surface. Do not look directly at the sun.

Mercury's journey across the sun will take about 5 hours. It will start to encounter the sun's face around 8:00 AM EST. It will be the closest to the sun's center around 10:30 to 11:00 AM EST and will exit the sun's face during the early afternoon.

Weather permitting, the Physics Department at Saginaw Valley State University will allow people to observe the event using multiple telescopes with solar filters and even have some projected onto a screen. Plus, you'll be able to learn about the importance of these events and understanding the science.

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