Antelope Island hosts watch party as Mercury passes across the sun Monday

This composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit

Mercury is passing in front of the sun Monday in a rare phenomenon

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) on November 11 live broadcast the rare transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun. It next observation will be made in 2032.

Rather project the image of the sun through the telescope onto a clean sheet of paper. Asia and Australia will miss out.

"The planet now looks like a tiny, traveling blemish on the sun's face as it passes in front of the sun", Space.com reported.

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Anyone wanting to watch the transit will need to have a telescope to make out the tiny black dot of Mercury - although it's extremely important to use a solar filter rather than attempting to look at it with the naked eye.

The event, known as the Mercury Transit, began about 7:35 a.m. and lasted more than five hours.

Mercury is 3,000 miles in width, contrasted and the sun's 864,000 miles.

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That means that from Earth's perspective, Mercury passes above or below the sun most of the time, only crossing the sun's disk 13 or 14 times a century. Mercury's last transit was in 2016.

Professor Mike Cruise, president of the UK's Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), said: "This is a rare event, and we'll have to wait 13 years until it happens again". Also, Mercury and do not meet at the nodes at the same.

Mercury will slice an askew way left to directly over the sun Monday, entering at base left (around the 8:00 point on a clock) and leaving upper right (around the 2:00 point).

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The observatory is also asking the public to keep in mind that if not carried out properly, viewing a transit across the sun can be unsafe to one's eyesight. This marks the end of the process. The rest of North America, Europe and Africa will catch part of the action. USA skywatchers will have their next chance across the country in 2049 and from the West Coast in 2052.

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