Mercury Sun Transit Live Streaming Online: On Monday, skygazers would be able to watch Mercury glide across the sun. The rare event is called a transit. The site only happens about 13 times per century and the next one isn’t set to happen again until 2032, so don't not miss out this time around! On Monday, Mercury will look like a tiny black dot on the sun around 4:30 UAE time. Due to the small stature of Mercury, people will need binoculars or a telescope to see it. However, be cautious! Make sure you don’t look directly at the sun. You can damage your eyes.
Watch Murcury Sun Transit Live Streaming Below:
If you still have your solar glasses from the solar eclipse of 2017, then use them to see if you can spy Mercury’s tiny disk against the sun. Otherwise, it is unsafe to view the sun without proper eye protection. Masala! will be live streaming the rare site.
The first time people saw transit of Mercury was in 1631. But did you know it was nearly disregarded? The first time the planet was spotted sauntering in front of the sun, it seemed like a mistake. The double take fundamentally reordered our view of the cosmos. Astronomers have been observing the celestial traverse for nearly four centuries now, but the first reliable observation, in 1631, was so different than what scientists of the time expected it was almost thrown out.
Observations of the transit of Mercury have been reported as far back as the ninth century, but after Galileo introduced the telescope in 1610, it became clear that earlier observers were probably seeing sunspots rather than Mercury.
While exepriencing this rare site, here are some general precautions that need to be observed while watching the Mercury Transit:
1. Never look directly at the sun without eye protection.
2. Do not use sunglasses or filters made from photographic film. A combination of photographic filters crossed polarisers or gelatin filters, CDs, CD-ROMs, or smoked glass is equally unsafe.
3. Before fitting any filter to a telescope, it should be thoroughly checked for damage. In case, it has any scratches, pinholes, scuffing, or any such indication that does not ensure its credibility it should not be used.
4. Filters required for solar viewing are specific. Do not compromise on that. Make sure the filters you are using are specifically designed and secured to the telescope you are using.