Mer­cury pass­ing in front of sun on Mon­day

The Peterborough Examiner - - CANADA & WORLD - DOREEN CHRIS­TENSEN

In a rare ce­les­tial event, Mer­cury passes in front of the sun on Mon­day.

The stel­lar show, which only hap­pens about 13 times a cen­tury, starts at 7:35 a.m.

That’s when the tiny planet be­gins the tran­sit across the sun, ac­cord­ing to NASA.

Mer­cury will be close to the cen­tre of the giant star at ap­prox­i­mately 11:20 a.m.

The en­tire 5.5-hour event will be vis­i­ble — weather per­mit­ting — in the east­ern United States and Canada, and all Cen­tral and South Amer­ica.

It’s not safe to look di­rectly at the sun, as it can dam­age your eyes.

Only view the tran­sit with proper safety equip­ment, such as binoc­u­lars and tele­scopes fit­ted with spe­cial fil­ters.

But you will be able to safely view the in­ner­most planet’s heavenly trek thanks to NASA.

The space agency will livestream the event, start­ing at 10:30 a.m. Mon­day, on the NASA Face­book page at Face­book.com/NASA.

There also will be an in­for­mal round­table. Dur­ing this round­table, sci­en­tists will an­swer ques­tions via Face­book and Twit­ter us­ing hash­tag #AskNASA.

The event also will be broad­cast on NASA TV at NASA.gov/ mul­ti­me­dia/nasatv.

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