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#1 2 years ago
On Monday, a very cool astronomical event will occur: The smallest planet, Mercury, will appear to move across the face of the Sun. This relatively rare event, called a transit, happens on average only about 13 times per century.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2016/05/05/guide_to_the_mercury_transit_on_may_9_2016.html


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#2 2 years ago

Just a friendly reminder; don't stare into the sun.




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#3 2 years ago

Wait. I should NOT look at the sun? That explains it then....


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#4 2 years ago

I have a welding helmet that is rated high enough to use for looking at the sun.

Normally use that for things like eclipses. Not useful for this though as Mercury is too small to see without a telescope.


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#5 2 years ago

That sucks.  Won't be able to see a small bit of rocket fly in front of a huge fucking fireball of death.




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#6 2 years ago

RadioActiveLobster I have a welding helmet that is rated high enough to use for looking at the sun.

Normally use that for things like eclipses. Not useful for this though as Mercury is too small to see without a telescope.

The latest advice I've seen suggests that you should angle a telescope towards the sun, and focus it on one of those cardboard light box thingies.

Don't watch it through the telescope directly, though. The same advice demonstrated what would happen via a pig's eyeball.

Spoilers: there was smoke.




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#7 2 years ago

I was at work and even if I wasn't, I lack the equipment :(

Mr. Matt Don't watch it through the telescope directly, though. The same advice demonstrated what would happen via a pig's eyeball.

Spoilers: there was smoke.

That'd make one hell of a prank.


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#8 2 years ago

Mr. Matt The latest advice I've seen suggests that you should angle a telescope towards the sun, and focus it on one of those cardboard light box thingies.

Don't watch it through the telescope directly, though. The same advice demonstrated what would happen via a pig's eyeball.

Spoilers: there was smoke.

I thought about posting that video but decided against it.


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#9 2 years ago
Nittany Tiger That sucks.  Won't be able to see a small bit of rocket fly in front of a huge fucking fireball of death.

People travel around the world to see a bunch of athletes kick a piece of leather around. I don't see why this is worse :wink: 




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#10 2 years ago

I was being silly.

I'm actually huge into astronomy and wish I could see it.




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