Mercury Transit 2019
November 11, 2019
A must see experience event on November 11, 2019 is the Mercury Transit. That is to say the planet Mercury will be passing directly between the Sun and the Earth. This appears as a small black spot crossing over the surface of the Sun. It looks like the picture to the right. Click on the image to enlarge. The times in the picture are UTC.
In Utah, the transit begins before the Sun even comes up at about 5:35AM. So it will already be happening at Sunrise, 7:08AM. Mercury will have completely crossed over the Sun by about 11:05AM. Mercury will not transit again until November 2032.
St. George Astronomy Group will be setting up SOLAR TELESCOPES on the Hogback in Toquerville, Utah early in the morning before Sunrise.
Come see it, even if only for 15 minutes on the way to work.
The address on the Hogback is: 1526 South Ashcreek Drive, Toquerville, UT 84774.
The Hogback location instructions and map is located:
I Saw the Mercury Transit Certificate
Observers will be able to download and print a full size certificate.
Usually, you have to observe the whole event. But seeing as how this is on a work and school day this year, and it will have already started before Sunrise, it will be given to anybody who shows up to take a peek.
Planetary Transit Special Award
The purpose of this award is to determine characteristics of the Sun and Mercury from observations during the transit.
For how to do these things and the other requirements get all the details at the Astronomical League Transit Site.
Let us know if you want to attempt this.