Central Standard Time (CST), this transit will last nearly six hours.
Mercury and Venus are the inferior planets (closer to the Sun than we are), so they can pass between us and the Sun.
The transit of Mercury is expected to be spotted in Greece shortly after 2.30 p.m. and will last for around five hours, according to experts.More news: Murderer's heart stopped, but his life sentence doesn't: Iowa court
Slated to start at about 6.35 a.m.
In Europe and western Asia, the transit will occur during sunset. Eastern time. And while you won't be able see it without protective glasses and heavy-duty telescope equipment, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the show. This could be done by having observers at distant points on Earth look at the variation in a planet's apparent position against the disk of the Sun - a phenomenon known as parallax shift. However, he warned that looking at the Sun without appropriate protection can seriously damage the eyes.
The San Juan College Planetarium will host a viewing from 9 to 11 a.m.in the San Juan College courtyard between the planetarium and Little Theater, 4601 College Blvd., Farmington. Instead, projections using protectively covered telescopes could work, according to Space.com.More news: Germany marks 30th anniversary of Wall's end
Mercury is set to make a transit across the sun on Monday morning for the last time until 2032. Witnessing a transit is all a matter of timing. Transits of Venus occur in pairs separated by 121.5 or 105.5 years, with eight years separating each transit; the next transit of Venus will occur in the year 2117. Transits of Mercury are far more frequent, since the planet travels on a smaller orbit around the Sun. Transits of Mercury and Venus enabled some of the first attempts to measure the Astronomical Unit (AU), the distance between the Sun and the Earth. One team used the transits to indirectly calculate the effect of tidal forces of the Moon on Earth. More recently, one team of scientists used a transit to see whether it would produce a discernible decrease in the amount of sunlight (it did not). When exoplanets transit their parent star, we can detect the dip in the star's brightness using space telescopes.
If you're in the US, don't miss the show, as this is the last time a transit will be visible from the continental United States until 2049! But remember, don't look directly at Mr. Sun.More news: Thousands gather to honour the fallen — Remembrance Sunday