Mercury Transit November 8, 2006!

The closest star, our Sun, is a fascinating place. In a little over a week, the planet Mercury will transit (that is, pass in front of) the Sun. This happens more often than Venus transiting the Sun, but it’s still a remarkable event to witness.

My Dad has never seen Mercury, and until 2004 had never seen Venus. I’ve sort of made it my mission to make sure he sees some of things you have to see at least once in your life, like Mercury and the Andromeda Galaxy.

In a huge stroke of luck, I found a telescope store that had the Coronado Personal Solar Telescope in stock, and I ordered one. It’ll be here in enough time to play with it, get to know it, and then use it to watch the transit!

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