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Transit of Mercury Viewing

Monday, November 11, 2019

Church of the Holy Comforter
543 Beulah Road, NE 
Vienna, VA 22180
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Planet MercuryStop by Holy Comforter anytime between 11:00 a.m. to 1:04 p.m. to see the transit of the planet Mercury on Veterans Day, weather-permitting.

We will have a couple of telescopes (h-alpha and white light filters) available for safely viewing the sun during the transit of Mercury across the face of the sun.

These crossings happen more frequently (13 times in a century) than the transits of Venus, which take place in close pairs (8 years) and then are spaced more than a century apart from one another.

The tiny dot of the planet Mercury traveling across the face of the sun is helpful in gaining perspective to our own relative size in the scale of our solar system. In the image, the larger blob is a sunspot and the tiny dot to the lower right is the planet Mercury. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL.