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Let The Transit Begin!

“So you took the day off work to watch a little black dot cross the sun?” my wife asked drily. Well yes. Yes I did. OK, so I’m a little nuts. I admit it. Just came back in after getting my first look at Mercury through a 3-inch refractor, and it was much more obvious even…
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Psyched For Tomorrow’s Mercury Transit? Me Too — Come Join Us

On Monday May 9, the planet Mercury will be out in front of the sun nearly all day. Instead of hiding in its glare, the innermost planet will pass directly across the sun’s face in an event called a transit. Our sun is big and Mercury is both small and far away (52 million miles / 83.6 million…
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Transit Mercury TRACE 2003 (1)

Watch Mercury Skip Across The Sun On May 9

On Monday May 9th, we have a rare opportunity to see the solar system’s innermost planet pass directly in front of the sun. Maybe you saw one or both Venus transits back in 2004 and 2012. All you needed then was a handheld solar filter to that planet’s perfectly black, perfectly circular self silhouetted against the…
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Mercury Makes Best Appearance Of The Year At Dusk

Evening twilight needs a planet. The skyline in that direction’s been mighty bare lately. Venus departed long ago, and Mercury’s been missing for months. That’s about to change as Mercury gallops back to the western sky this week. Tonight, it’s about 3 fingers high 30-40 minutes after sunset tonight. Watch for the planet to climb steadily…
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5-Planets-In-A-Row Only Gets Better

I can finally come up for air! Thanks for your patience. Let’s get right into it. Have you been out to look at the morning planets and moon? I’m still getting a lot of questions about whether they’re still out there. Indeed they are! I finally got a chance to check out all the excitement…
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