People in Aberdeen will have a chance to watch the solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, pass in front of the sun today for the first time in almost a decade.
The transit will being at 12.12pm and end at around 7.42pm.
It is impossible to view the planet passing front of the sun with the naked eye or even using binoculars. Instead you must use a filtered telescope or camera. Sunglasses or even welders masks do not provide enough protection.
In Aberdeen the best place to view it will likely be at Robert Gordon’s College.
The school is holding a public event from 4pm today that will allow you to view the event through telescopes provided by the Aberdeen Science Centre, Aberdeen Astronomical Society and The Royal Society of Edinburgh – to find out more click here.
If you can’t make it to the event in Aberdeen, you can watch the entire transit on a live stream from the European Space Agency.
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