Monday you could see transit Mercury

Telescopes were set up outside the Springfield Museum Monday where you could see the rare sighting of Mercury.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Telescopes were set up outside the Springfield Museum on Monday where you could see the rare sighting of Mercury. 22News was there to see the planet Mercury and find out the next time we will be able to see it.

Looking through a very powerful telescope, Mercury looked pretty much like a small black dot.

We can see Mercury from Earth when the sun, the planet Mercury and Earth are aligned in such a way that Mercury gradually crosses in front of the sun. All of these happens over a couple of hours.

Solar filters made it safe for people to look at the sun under magnification. We won’t have another chance like this again for a long time.

Richard Sanderson, Springfield Science Museum, told 22News, “Another one very similar to this one visible to Massachusetts in 3 years but than after that it’ll be over 3 decades before we get to see another one without traveling.”

This only happens 13 times per century.

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