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    Cool Mercury Transits Sun - 2019 NOV 11

    Mercury will appear to transit the disk of the Sun on 2019 NOV 11 for observers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Near East and New Zealand. This will be the last Mercury transit until 2032, and until 2049 for North Americans.

    As with a Solar Eclipse, great care must be taken to protect eyes. If not accompanied by an expert in solar viewing, it may be wise to simply watch online live videos of the transit.
    Iíve created graphics depicting the transit as viewed from various cities. They can be seen at https://www.CurtRenz.com/mertran.html

    Photos and descriptions of the transit would be welcome additions to this thread.
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    Looking forward to this phenomenon and the photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riddler View Post
    Looking forward to this phenomenon and the photos!
    It's now just 24 days away. Yet plenty of time to prepare.
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    I bought a solar filter for my Dob a while back but sunspot activity has been almost non-existent and so it has stayed in the box. I'm looking forward to using the filter for this event. Hopefully we'll have clear clear skies that morning in Atlanta. Sunrise is 7:06 am and first contact is 7:36 so I may have line of sight by then (lots of trees around here...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    I bought a solar filter for my Dob a while back but sunspot activity has been almost non-existent and so it has stayed in the box. I'm looking forward to using the filter for this event. Hopefully we'll have clear clear skies that morning in Atlanta. Sunrise is 7:06 am and first contact is 7:36 so I may have line of sight by then (lots of trees around here...).
    I hope your filter gets put to good use and saves your eyes.

    Here's my transit chart for Atlanta:

    MTH-Atlanta.JPG
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    Thanks Curt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    I bought a solar filter for my Dob a while back but sunspot activity has been almost non-existent and so it has stayed in the box. I'm looking forward to using the filter for this event. Hopefully we'll have clear clear skies that morning in Atlanta. Sunrise is 7:06 am and first contact is 7:36 so I may have line of sight by then (lots of trees around here...).
    A very small cycle 25 sunspot popped up a few days ago and quickly faded away. But maybe we'll get lucky and see something interesting.

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    By sheer coincidence, I am now on holiday at Cook's Beach in New Zealand, where Captain James Cook first observed the transit of Mercury in November 1769, exactly 250 years ago, at Cook's Beach. In honour of this observation, which was important for defining the Astronomical Unit, Cook named Mercury Bay.

    The New Zealand Mercury Rising Project https://www.mercuryrisingproject.com/ will hold an all night star party on Cook's Beach concluding in the morning of 12 Nov with a viewing of the transit as the sun rises, all being well, although the weather forecast is rather wet.

    I will go to the star party, and also to the talk at Mercury Bay Museum on 9 Nov, details at link.

    I was unaware that the transit will be visible from NZ and not from my home in Australia, so being here is lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Tulip View Post
    By sheer coincidence, I am now on holiday at Cook's Beach in New Zealand, where Captain James Cook first observed the transit of Mercury in November 1769, exactly 250 years ago, at Cook's Beach. In honour of this observation, which was important for defining the Astronomical Unit, Cook named Mercury Bay.

    The New Zealand Mercury Rising Project https://www.mercuryrisingproject.com/ will hold an all night star party on Cook's Beach concluding in the morning of 12 Nov with a viewing of the transit as the sun rises, all being well, although the weather forecast is rather wet.

    I will go to the star party, and also to the talk at Mercury Bay Museum on 9 Nov, details at link.

    I was unaware that the transit will be visible from NZ and not from my home in Australia, so being here is lucky.
    That's fabulous, Robert. Thanks for sharing the information about Captain Cook, and your anecdote of your well timed holiday. We'll be awaiting your report of the transit or the weather.

    Meanwhile, I've created a graphic of what Captain Cook would have seen.

    MTH-Cooks Beach.JPG
    Last edited by Centaur; 2019-Nov-08 at 04:49 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Tulip View Post
    By sheer coincidence, I am now on holiday at Cook's Beach in New Zealand, where Captain James Cook first observed the transit of Mercury in November 1769, exactly 250 years ago, at Cook's Beach. In honour of this observation, which was important for defining the Astronomical Unit, Cook named Mercury Bay.

    The New Zealand Mercury Rising Project https://www.mercuryrisingproject.com/ will hold an all night star party on Cook's Beach concluding in the morning of 12 Nov with a viewing of the transit as the sun rises, all being well, although the weather forecast is rather wet.

    I will go to the star party, and also to the talk at Mercury Bay Museum on 9 Nov, details at link.

    I was unaware that the transit will be visible from NZ and not from my home in Australia, so being here is lucky.
    And here's what you will see, weather permitting.

    MTH-Cook's Beach.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centaur View Post
    And here's what you will see, weather permitting.

    MTH-Cook's Beach.JPG
    Hi Centaur, I shared your diagram with the Mercury Bay Museum Facebook Page, and they were thrilled to get it with all the astronomers and visitors in town for the 250th anniversary of Cook's observation of the transit on 10 November 1769. After the steady downpour the day before, the dawn was perfectly clear for the observation of the transit. The keen ones even got up at 4am to see some of the magnificent southern stars. I got there at 6am, and have put some photos here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Tulip View Post
    Hi Centaur, I shared your diagram with the Mercury Bay Museum Facebook Page, and they were thrilled to get it with all the astronomers and visitors in town for the 250th anniversary of Cook's observation of the transit on 10 November 1769. After the steady downpour the day before, the dawn was perfectly clear for the observation of the transit. The keen ones even got up at 4am to see some of the magnificent southern stars. I got there at 6am, and have put some photos here.
    Thanks for the update, Robert. Glad to know that everyone was appreciative of my chart, and that your sky was clear.

    Unfortunately, here in Chicagoland all we could see under our cloudy sky were snowflakes and migrating geese.
    For astronomical graphics and data visit
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