- Mecury is expected to pass in front of the sun today
- Interested members of the public can view this through specialised equipment in the UK
- This will be the first time this rare occurrence will be manifesting in 13 years
Nigerian skywatchers and those of the rest of the world would witness a rare celestial event today, Monday, November 11, as the planet Mercury passes in front of the sun.
This will be the first time this rare occurrence will be manifesting in 13 years.
According to Daily Mail, this event, known as a 'transit'.
The newspaper reports that the event will be visible from nearly everywhere on Earth with the right equipment - depending on cloud cover.
It reported that the transit starts at 11:35 GMT (04:35 PST). However, it is expected to last for about 5.5 hours.
However, people in the UK will have the chance of viewing this unique event as amateur astronomical societies and public observatories will run events that will allow members of the public to safely enjoy the transit.
This will be achieved through specialist equipment.
Quoting Professor Mike Cruise, president of the Royal Astronomical Society, Daily mail reports that this occurrences are a visible demonstration of how the planets move around the Sun.
Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng had reported that recent developments in space exploration technology have shed more light on the existence of exoplanets.
Statistically, every star in the galaxy is alleged to have at least one planet orbiting it. Missions such as Kepler have confirmed the presence of thousands of exoplanets with thousands more waiting to be confirmed.
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