The universe is a fascinating and beautiful place. And sometimes, it can be a little scary, too. Our own perception of it is limited to what we can see from Earth and what our technology can show us. There's a lot of amazing stuff out there we might never witness, but there are some pretty amazing things we can see for ourselves, such as Mercury in transit across the sun.

What exactly does it mean for Mercury to be in transit? Basically the planet closest to the sun is going to be tracing a path directly between it and Earth, meaning that with the right equipment, any star junkies can witness it when it takes place on November 11.

Anyone who wants to take part in a viewing should know that this is the last chance to see this amazing celestial event until it happens next in 2032. 

Normally, to see something like this, you would need a lot of special equipment, such as a good telescope with solar filters. That's because you'll have to look right at the sun, rather than watching a meteor shower at night. If you don't already have one of those, it might be a bit pricey to get one just for this.

Luckily, there are a bunch of events across Canada that will allow anyone to use someone else's equipment to view the super rare transit of Mercury. As long as you don't have to buy anything, how can you pass up an offer like that?

Below, you'll find all the places to watch Mercury in transit across Canada.

Calgary, AB

There will be two places in Calgary where any stargazers can watch Mercury in transit: Nose Hill Park and Ralph Klein Park. Both events will have their own special equipment, so just bring your curiosity. These are early morning events that start at 7:45 a.m. and run until 11 a.m.

Guelph, ON

Guelph residents (and anyone from surrounding townships) can view the event at either Johnson Green at Guelph University or the Centennial Arboretum Centre at the Guelph Arboretum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

KW residents have three options for viewing Mercury in transit. An event will be hosted at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Waterloo, residents can attend a viewing at either Waterloo Public Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the Gustov Bakos Observatory at the University of Waterloo from 7:40 a.m.

Mississauga, ON

Anyone in Toronto or the GTA can head out to the Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga to watch the transit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Montreal, QC

A viewing will take place at the John Abbott College Oval from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saskatoon, SK

There are two locations in Saskatoon where people can view the transit: Riverlanding west of the Traffic Bridge and the University of Saskatchewan Observatory. Both events will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

St. Catharines, ON

A viewing will be held at Fireman's Park all the way from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. John's, NL

Newfoundlanders who want to see the transit of Mercury can view it at the Signal Hill National Historic Park Interpretation Centre parking lot from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunshine Coast, BC

You won't miss the transit on the west coast either, as a viewing will be set up at the Roberts Creek Pier starting at 7 a.m. No end time has been determined so get there early!

*Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.


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