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PUBLIC VIEWING EVENT: TRANSIT OF PLANET MERCURY ACROSS THE SUN

  • Smokey Jack Observatory 100 South Adams Boulevard Westcliffe, CO, 81252 United States (map)

THE 2019 TRANSIT OF MERCURY: On Monday morning, November 11, Mercury will pass directly in front the Sun. The rare transit begins at 7:35 a.m. EST and lasts for almost six hours. However, for the Mountain Time Zone, the transit will be in progress at sunrise. Plus for the SJO’s location, the Wet Mountains to its east delay sunrise about 30 minutes. The Sun with Mercury already transiting will become accessible at the SJO location about 8:30 a.m. Mercury will continue its slow progress across the Sun’s disk until it passes off the disk approximately 11:04 a.m. MST. This is a special event that won't happen again until 2032.
For more information, visit: timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/colorado-springs and
https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20191111_11_101

Simulation of Mercury transiting the Sun’s disk on November 11, 2019.

Simulation of Mercury transiting the Sun’s disk on November 11, 2019.

WARNING:

  • DON'T ever look at the Sun without proper eye protection.

  • DON'T view the Sun through sunglasses of any type (single or multiple pairs), or filters made from photographic film, or any combination of photographic filters, crossed polarisers or gelatin filters, CDs, CD-ROMs, or smoked glass. None of these are safe.

  • DO view the Sun ONLY through special filters made specifically for safe solar viewing.

There is no backup date as this is a natural event that cannot be duplicated.

Any cancellations will be made here on the Event page by 7:00 a.m. the day of the event.

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