November 6, 2006
Mercury to Transit the Sun
Viewing visible with special filters at Sacramento State
Photos from Mercury Transit on November 8, 2006
Sacramento area astronomers and star gazers are in for a special treat this week: the planet Mercury will transit the Sun on Wednesday, November 8, and it will be visible for Sacramento observers.
The event will begin shortly after 11 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. Safely viewing the transit requires telescopes with special filters. With that in mind, Sacramento State’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will set up a transit observing platform on the roof of Amador Hall.
“It will look like a little black dot moving across the Sun,” says Chris Taylor professor of Physics and Astronomy at Sacramento State. “The next transit will not occur until 2016 and that will only be partially visible in Sacramento.” The total time for the transit will be less than five hours.
|External Ingress||11:12:38 A.M. PST|
|Internal Ingress||11:14:31 A.M. PST|
|Greatest Transit||01:41:02 P.M. PST|
|Internal Egress||04:07:42 P.M. PST|
|Internal Egress||04:09:35 P.M. PST|
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