At about 10:30 a.m. on November 11, Mercury will be near the midpoint of the transit and closest to the center of the sun. This is the first time since 2016, that Mercury will transit the Sun.
The best and safest way to see transits is to project a solar image through telescopes or binoculars onto a flat white surface. Eastern, traversing the sun's face for more than five hours before exiting about 1:05 p.m.
If the heavens part in Seattle, there are ways to watch the transit happen in the sky. It takes Mercury only about 88 days to go around the Sun; however, with its tilted orbit, it's relatively rare for the Sun, Mercury and Earth to line up perfectly to create such a sight in the sky. Earthlings get treated to just 13 or 14 Mercury transits a century.More news: People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why - 47abc
The rest of the U.S. will see Mercury's transit at sunrise, and Europe, Africa, and the Middle East will catch it at sunset.
This chart shows the track that Mercury will follow during Monday's transit. This unusual apparition happens again just as Mercury becomes engulfed by the sun's disk.
This event is called a "transit", and it happens when a planet passes between Earth and its star.More news: A Previous Trademark Filing from EA for Skate has been Discovered
Seeing a planet sail across our sun also offers a chance to witness a crucial method astronomers use to find planets beyond our solar system.
It's this kind of transit that allows scientists to discover alien worlds.
East Tennessee State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy will offer an opportunity for the public to safely view this rare astronomical occurrence, which will begin just after sunrise and end in the early afternoon on that day. Periodic, fleeting dips of starlight indicate an orbiting planet. Virtual Telescope promises to have coverage from Earth-based telescopes, while NASA's sun-watching satellite SOHO will offer a dramatic perspective on the transit via its own livestream from space.More news: IOS 13.2.2 rolling out with memory management and signal fixes