Join us on the final day of the Minnesota statewide Star Party and watch Mercury appear to cross the face of the sun. We will have telescopes with solar filters that allow you to safely view this rare event.
The Minnesota Statewide Star Party is coordinated by the Bell Museum. You can read more about the event here: https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/statewide-starparty/
The other programs we are hosting in coordination with the Minnesota Statewide Star Party are:
- Star Party on Friday at the Regional Science Center - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Star Party on Saturday at the Regional Science Center - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Star Party on Sunday at MB Johnson Park - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- How to Buy a Telescope on Tuesday at the MSUM Planetarium - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The transit starts at 6:35 am local time which is before sunrise at 7:24 am, so the transit will be well underway by the time the sun rises above the horizon for Fargo. The transit will continue until 12:04 pm.
Assuming there is a chance of clear weather we will be on site until 12:00 noon to observe as much as possible of the event. The next transit that is visible from the United States doesn't occur until 2049, so don't miss this opportunity. Here is a video from NASA with more information about the transit and other astronomy events this November:
Here is a simulation made with SkySafari shows approximately how the Transit of Mercury will appear from the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Here is a second simulation that shows approximately how the transit will look through a telescope with a solar filter.
Watch the Streaming Video of the Mercury Transit
If the clouds prevent live viewing in our area or if work or school is interfering you can watch almost live video on the web from NASA. The event will be viewable online here.
Earn a Certificate for Observing the Mercury Transit!
The Astronomical League has developed a special certificate you can earn for observing the Transit of Mercury. Click here to learn more.
Additional Mercury Transit Resources
Here are two additional pages to review for information about the Mercury Transit:
- Space.com - Mercury Transit 2019: Where and How to See It on Nov. 11
- NASA JPL - Watch the Transit of Mercury 2019