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Catch Rare Glimpse Of Mercury, Thanks To Seminole State College

Photo from a 2006 Mercury Transit. Photo: NASA

There’s a rare event happening in our solar system Monday, and residents of central Florida have the chance to observe it from here on Earth.

It’s called the Mercury Transit. That’s when Mercury crosses in front of the sun.

Celestial events like this only happen a dozen times a century and it’s not always visible during the day.

That’s why Seminole State College’s Planetarium Director Derek Demeter is hosting a viewing party at the college. Demeter says conditions are just right to catch a look at this transit.

“If you miss this one,” says Demeter, “you’re going to have to wait another ten years to see another.”

Anyone can view the Mercury transit from Seminole State College’s main campus Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »