GUWAHATI, May 8 - A rare celestial phenomenon will occur on May 9 with Mercury passing over the disk of the sun from 4.40 pm. Although the event will continue till midnight, from India it will be visible till sunset only.
The next transit of Mercury visible from India will be occurring on November 13, 2032.
The Guwahati Planetarium and the Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers’ Association have made arrangements for a live show of the transit in the vicinity of the Planetarium tomorrow.
The Guwahati Planetarium and the Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers’ Association have called upon the citizens to take proper eye protection from the Sun’s damaging light. “Observing the sun without using proper solar filter, whether it is by naked eye, binoculars or a telescope/finder scope of a telescope, will lead to permanent eye damage,” they cautioned.
RSC programme: The Regional Science Centre (RSC) Guwahati, has also made arrangements for the public to witness the transit of Mercury tomorrow.
Ramendra Medhi, Education Officer of RSC Guwahati, said the institute will arrange a telescope on its premises for public to witness the astronomical event at 4.30 pm tomorrow, subject to a clear sky.
As part of the transit of Mercury event, a popular talk cum awareness programme with a powerpoint and video presentation was made today in the RSC auditorium for students, teachers and the general public.
Uday Narayan Deka, secretary of Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers’ Association, was the guest lecturer on the occasion. The highlight in his presentation was about the transit of Mercury, why it occurs, how to observe it safely and other important information about the event.