A free, live webcast from Bareket Observatory in Israel will feature the Mercury transit on May 9, 2016.

This relatively rare 'mini solar eclipse' -- meaning Venus will pass through the center of Earth's-Sun plane -- promises to be a truely unique astronomical event. There are approximately only 13 transits of Mercury each century. This should be one of the most spectacular Mercury transits in the near future!





Snapshot from the live webcast:

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About the event


On Monday, 2016 May 09, Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2006.

We will send live images of the Mercury 2016 transit, using the Bareket observatory's powerful telescopes. One can conduct astronomical  experiements using our live feed.

 Live Mercury transit webcast page - press here



When will the Mercury webcast begin?


2016 Transit of Mercury Timeline
Event Israel local time (UTC+3) Universal Time
Contact I 14:11:40 11:11:40
Contact II 14:14:50 11:14:50
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun 17:56:00 14:56:00
Contact III not visible - to low 18:39:20
Contact IV not visible - to low 18:42:30


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Image: a shot from the Live Venus-transit Webcast via the Bareket Observatory | 2012 June 6th 







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