For those hoping to get a glimpse of Nov. 11's rare transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun, the weather across the United States will either be very good.
Mercury will fly across the sun (from Earth's perspective) on Monday, and NASA has a whole lot of kids' materials ready for the occasion.
On Monday (Nov. 11), Mercury will move across the sun's face, and several missions will have their sights set on the rare event.
On Monday, students across the U.S. will use Mercury's transit to measure the distance between Earth and the sun.
In my long career as an assiduous amateur astronomer, I've seen other transits of Mercury, but one from November 1973 stands out.
When Mercury passes in front of the sun on Monday, you'll need the right equipment to see it safely. But if you don't have that kind of astronomy gear handy, you can also watch it live online.
If you want to watch the Mercury transit on Monday (Nov. 11) but don't have the proper equipment, you can still find a viewing event near you. Here's how.
The Mercury transit on Nov. 11 will be accessible to amateur astronomers, as long as they have the right equipment to view it safely.
On Monday, Nov. 11, a most unusual event will take place: the transit (passage) of the planet Mercury across the sun's disk.
The BepiColombo spacecraft is en route to Mercury and has snapped several selfies to document its travel over the last year.
Would-be moon explorers are eager to learn better tactics for tracking down ice, which they hope to turn into water and rocket fuel — and new research may have found a new key to spotting buried ice.
If there ever was a planet that I feel has gotten a bad rap for its inability to be readily observed, it would have to be Mercury, known in many circles as the "elusive planet."
A solid metallic core nearly as large as Earth's might be lurking deep within the solar system's smallest planet.
Mercury shares its orbit with a ring of wandering dust, and a cloud of as-yet-undiscovered asteroids likely gave rise to a similar ring in Venus' neighborhood, recent research suggests.
Once again, it is time to seek out what has often been called the most difficult of the five brightest naked-eye planets to see: Mercury.
Astronomers just found an asteroid that zips around the sun every 165 Earth days — the shortest year for any known asteroid.