Monday, May 30, 2016
Monday, May 09, 2016
Clouds rolled in around noon, so I didn't get to see the end of the transit of Mercury. Had a good time this morning showing everyone so I felt I experienced and recorded what I could.
More than halfway through the transit at 11:15am. In this image Mercury is slightly to the left just above the halfway line of the Sun. That smudgy sunspot is in the bottom half slightly to right of center.
I also had some visitors join me to observe this time.
Posted by Richard at 11:23 AM
Today I will be blogging the Transit of Mercury, a less than once in a decade event. I have been waiting for this one since the Transit of Venus in 2012. Looks like a sunny day and reasonably clear enough skies for some viewing.
I started today with my son and my trusty work travelling solar viewer at the school parking lot. I had dozens of kids in line to look at it.
I repeatedly said, "NEVER look directly at the sun", so that none of the students would. I asked them planet questions. They mostly knew their planets and the correct order out to about Saturn. Even remembered that Pluto is not a planet anymore.
I took a closeup of the sun image in the viewer around 7:35am. Mercury's shadow is the sharp dot in the upper right of the sun. Contrast that with the slightly larger fuzzy smudge of a sunspot more in the middle of the sun.
I have already accosted work colleagues on the way in to their offices to stop to look at the sun image in the viewer. Here is the picture from 8:15am.
Fleet footed Mercury is racing across the sun. Still about 6 hours to go however.