It’s happening! Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time today, May 9, since 2006. Watch the Transit of Mercury now with this live stream!
The epic celestial event has finally arrived. Mercury will cross the face of the Sun on May 9. While the Transit of Mercury is invisible to the naked eye, there is a live stream where you can watch all the action go down. Click to watch!
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The Transit of Mercury will start just after 7 a.m. ET. The tiny planet will head out on a fantastic journey that will take it between the Earth and the Sun, which will black out a small circle of daylight. Slooh is live streaming the event, and you can watch it here!
Mercury only makes this trip about 14 times in one century. The next Transit of Mercury will take place in 2019! Find out more facts about this event by clicking here.
If you live in the eastern part of North America, most of South America, and the western section of Europe, the entire transit will be visible with serious magnification. In some areas of the world, the transit is not visible, but that’s why there is a live stream!
Mercury is an interesting little planet. It’s only been visited by two NASA probes. Mariner 10 flew past the planet in 1974 and 1975. Messenger spent four years in orbit until its crash landing in 2015.
Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System and the one closest to the Sun. No human has ever set foot on Mercury. And you can’t live there. It has no water or air to breathe. Mercury doesn’t have an atmosphere! It gets really hot during the day and cold at night. But even though it’s the closest planet to the Sun, it’s not the hottest planet — that honor goes to Venus!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for the Transit of Mercury? Let us know!