On Monday May 9, it’s time to drop everything and remind yourself that whatever crap you’ve got going on, you’re still a part of a giant, unknowable Solar System filled with mysterious neighbours like our potential new home, Mars, and whatever the hell Planet Nine actually is. Because for the first time in a decade, we’re about to witness Mercury make its rare transit across the enormous face of the Sun.
In an event that only happens 13 times every century, Mercury’s orbit will bring it in range of one of the best backdrops of the Universe, and we’re not going to see anything like this again until 2019, and after that, not until 2032. The best part about this particular transit of Mercury is that it will be viewable in most places on Earth, and unlike many cosmic phenomena that are both fleeting and difficult to locate in the sky, you’ve got a good 7-8 hours to watch this event, and it’s not exactly hard to figure out where to look. Source: For the first time in a decade, Mercury is about to transit the Sun