The Transit of Mercury

Posted on May 9, 2016 by Leslie Ann Daniels

Today, a rare celestial event occurs: Mercury crosses in front of the sun. This celestial event only happens on the average thirteen times a century. For seven and a half hours, this unique “transit of Mercury” can be viewed through high powered binoculars or with solar filters. However, if you would like to follow today’s transit of the smallest planet in the solar system through a live webcam, please click on “Transit of Mercury 2016“.
Oak Meadow’s fourth grade astronomy unit includes a research report on planets, so today is a perfect opportunity to view and to learn more about Mercury – the planet that is not only the smallest of the eight planets, but also the closest one to the sun. To learn more about Mercury and the other planets in our solar system, you can also find educational information from the website, KidsAstronomy.com.

^