Thursday, May 5, 2016

0505Y2K+16 Mercury Transit in May

Spring is in high gear, and we are enjoying cool nights and pleasant days. Rain and clouds are welcome although interrupting the weeks, off and on. We have had clear nights the majority of the time to see: Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. First week of May a bright Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle awaits early dawn viewers in Scorpius. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower should peak before local dawn Thursday, Cinco de Mayo. On May 9, Mercury transits the sun! Mercury will have already starting moving across the sun when the sun rises! Mercury passes between Earth and the sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Due to its diminutive size, viewing this event safely requires a telescope or high-powered binoculars fitted with solar filters made of specially-coated glass or Mylar. NASA also will stream a live program on NASA TV and the agency’s Facebook page from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be posted at: http://www.nasa.gov/transit. The forecast for Monday is cloudy with rain in my backyard. Added the latest Star Wars DVD to my library.   Clear skies.....