Reitz Hill to host viewing event for Transit of Mercury on Monday

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – On Monday, November 11, a viewing event will be held for the Transit of Mercury on Reitz Hill. During the morning hours, the planet Mercury will be seen crossing the face of the Sun.

The event is being co-hosted by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science at the Evansville Astronomical Society.

It will be held on the 200 block of Dreier Ave.

The event starts at 6:30 a.m.

In the event of heavy cloud cover or inclement weather, it will be canceled.

The passage of a planet across the disk of the Sun is a fairly rare occurrence, according to officials with the Evansville Museum.

The last transit of Mercury occurred in 2016, but in any given century only about a dozen transits of Mercury occur.

The event can only be seen with special telescopes designed to block the glare of the Sun.

You should not try to view the event without proper protection.

The planet will be seen as a tiny, black disk crossing the Sun for a period of over five hours, the museum said in a press release.

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(This story was originally published on November 6, 2019)

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