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

Published May 9th, 2016 1:07PM EDT
NASA Mercury Sun Transit Livestream Photos
Image: @NASA

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 Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.