Mercury is the closest planet from the sun and orbits once every 88 days. On occasion
when the geometry is correct, the planet crosses the face of the sun as seen from
earth. Such a transit will occur on November 11 (Remembrance Day). Remember to NEVER
LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER PROTECTION. The safest way to enjoy this event is
to reach out to your local astronomy group or club to see if they are organizing
any viewing parties. This is a great opportunity to look at and learn about our
closest star – the Sun. The last Mercury Transit occurred in 2016 with the next one taking
place on November 13, 2032.
- Newfoundland: 9:05 a.m. NST to 2:34 p.m. NST.
- NS, PEI, NB, Labrador: 8:36 a.m. AST to 2:04 p.m. AST.
- Quebec, Ontario: 7:36 a.m. EST to 1:04 p.m. EST.
- Manitoba: In progress to 12:04 p.m. CST.
- Saskatchewan: In progress to 12:04 p.m. CST.
- Alberta: In progress to 11:04 a.m. MST.
- British Columbia: In progress to 10:04 a.m. PST.
Known as “The Backyard Astronomer”, Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker
and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been
interviewed on more than 50 Canadian radio stations and local Ottawa TV. In recognition
of his public outreach in astronomy, the International Astronomical Union has honoured
him with the naming of Asteroid (22406) Garyboyle. Follow him on Twitter: @astroeducator
or his website: www.wondersofastronomy.com
The Backyard Astronomer