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Transit of Mercury Viewing from the Boeing Observatory

Mercury Transit

Mon., Nov. 11

*** Click HERE to watch a live stream of the Transit of Mercury on Mon., Nov. 11, starting at 10 a.m. ***

On November 11, the planet Mercury will appear to cross the face of the Sun. As Mercury transits the Sun, it will look like a tiny black dot superimposed on the Sun’s surface. The transit of Mercury is one of the top astronomy events of 2019.

Weather permitting, the State Museum will offer guests the chance to SAFELY observe the Transit via a live stream from the Boeing Observatory or by visiting the museum and viewing the transit through a solar scope. The transit will visible in the morning and last for several hours.

Transit Viewing

  • The transit will begin at 7:35 a.m. and conclude at 1:04 p.m.

  • The Boeing Observatory will live stream a view of the transit from the historic Alvan Clark telescope starting at 10 a.m. Click HERE to the view live stream.

  • Transit viewing at the museum’s Boeing Observatory will be available for visiting guests when the museum opens to the public at 10 a.m. Entrance to the observatory is included with museum general admission.

Please note: viewing is dependent on clear skies.

It is very important to remember that looking directly at the Sun with the naked-eye or through unfiltered telescopes and binoculars could cause serious eye damage. Please make sure to take the proper precautions when observing the Transit.