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Transit of Mercury 2019

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Bell Museum

2088 Larpenteur Avenue West

Saint Paul, MN 55113

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Come view a rare planetary transit of Mercury as it crosses between the Sun and the Earth, part of the Bell's Statewide Star Party!

Every so often, a planet lines up in a way that blocks part of the Sun's rays from reaching Earth. This is called a transit. The only two planets that can be seen transiting the Sun from Earth are Venus and Mercury because they are the only planets that orbit inside Earth's orbit.

The next transit of Mercury visible from Minnesota will be in 2049, so don't miss this opportunity!

Transit starts before sunrise

Meet on the East side of the Bell Museum (near Cleveland Avenue).

Our astronomy team will have telescopes equipped with solar filters for safe Sun viewing, and Mercury will be seen as a small dot moving across the Sun throughout the morning.

  • Sunrise = 7:07 am

  • Transit midway point = 9:20 am

  • Transit ends = 12:02 pm

Remember to dress for the weather! This event will be canceled in the case of cloudy weather.




Thank you to Ruth and John Huss and the Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation for their generous support of Statewide Star Party: The Moon & Beyond, part of the Bell Museum’s Minnesota’s Astronomy Classroom initiative.

Note: Museum galleries are not open during this event.
Never look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection.

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2088 Larpenteur Avenue West

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