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Live stream: Watch Mercury move past the surface of the Sun

May 9th, 2016 at 1:07 PM
NASA Mercury Sun Transit Livestream Photos

You don’t always get a chance to see Mercury, but thanks to NASA you’ll be able to get a unique view of the small planet as it passes in between the Earth and the sun. Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot on the surface of the Sun during this rare event, and you can watch it happen live.

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You have to hurry, as the event happens today only, and will be over by 2:45 p.m. EDT. To view Mercury strolling along the galaxy and between our view of the sun, you’ll need either access to a telescope and solar filters, or a computer connected to the internet. NASA is streaming the whole thing online so you don’t have to stare at the sun looking for the tiny black dot that happens to be Mercury.

The event is relatively rare, as we noted, happening just 13 times a century. Check the live stream embedded below to see Mercury in action:

A few images and videos showing Mercury’s transit across the sun also follow below, with more available on NASA’s Twitter account.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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