Transit of Mercury

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    This coming Wednesday (November 8, 2006), Mercury will pass in front of the sun. This is called a Transit of Mercury, and it happens, on average, only about once a decade. The last one was May 2003. The next one will be May 2016.

    The transit will take place mid-day Pacific Time (11:12AM to 4:10PM). The best viewing will be over the Pacific ocean and its shores, including the Western U.S., eastern Asia, and our friends in Australia and New Zealand.

    You'll need a telescope and the right eye protection to see it. Better yet, watch a webcast.

    See details here.

    Note: MacRumors will not be switching to macrumorslive to cover this event, but I think it's worth following anyway. ;)
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Make sure you also use left eye protection if you plan to look at it with that eye.

    Very cool...I don't have a telescope to look at it myself, but I'm sure there will be some cool pictures around the web afterwards.
     
  3. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    This stresses me out mildly, if only because it makes me wonder about where the hell I'll be in 2016. If I'm still teaching these kids, I'm gonna freak out.

    I hope MR is still around in 2016. I mean, it could survive nuclear war, right?
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Wow, thanks for that. Luckily, that day I'll visiting a guy with two solar telescopes. What a nice coincidence! :D

    Although I'm sure I'll also be watching the feed from Kitt Peak (a place I am quite familiar with, but unfortunately have never visited :().
     
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    You will either be piss us or against us by 2k16.
     
  6. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    Don't worry. If you are in an asylum in 2016, you can wait for the Transit of Mercury in 2019.

    Yes, of course. MacRumors and its members are just like cockroaches. :cool:
     
  7. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    I prefer just to think i'll be underwater
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Nice analogy Doctor Q. :p ;) :D
     
  9. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    If you wear welding goggles (usually used for Oxy-acetylene) and a welding mask (various types of arc welding) together, you can look at the sun. BEWARE though, it requires certain tints on the lenses, and I don't remember the numbers offhand.
     
  10. dernhelm macrumors 68000

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    Are you kidding? With an avatar like that, you'll be the first to go! :D
     

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