Mercury Is Doing Something Super Rare This Month & You Can Watch It Happen In Florida
Hopefully the weather will cooperate, because we won't get a do-over anytime soon!
With meteor showers and eclipses, the past year has been an exciting one for celestial events happening in Florida. This month may just be the most exciting of all though. The super rare transit of Mercury will happen on November 11 and with the right equipment and weather, you will be able to actually see it.
According to the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS), located in Daytona Beach, on Monday, Nov 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., MOAS will be hosting a public event for all to enjoy. You will be witnessing the planet moving at a speed of 106,000 miles per hour directly between the Earth and Sun, appearing as a black dot in front of the star.
Weather permitting, you will be able to look through a special solar telescope placed in the museum's courtyard and watch a live stream in the Planetarium through the duration of the transit. The best part? Outdoor and Planetarium portions of this event are free, and you only need to buy admission if you'd like to explore the rest of MOAS after the show. Single adult tickets are $12.95.
Nasa states that this event typically only happens about 13 times per century and hadn't happened in nearly a decade prior to the May 9, 2016 transit of Mercury.
Here is Nasa's video of the 2016 transit path below:
Mercury and Venus are the only two planets that transit the sun. The next time Venus will do so is in 2117. You can find out more about the rare occurrence and how to view the upcoming one on NASA's official site here.
Transit of Mercury; MOAS
When: Nov. 11, 2019 8a.m.-1:30p.m.
Address: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road Daytona Beach FL 32114
Why You Need To Go: See Mercury as it passes between the Earth and Sun for the first time in years!