Transit of Mercury viewing party planned

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Rangers will host a viewing party to observe the transit of the planet Mercury across the sun on Monday, May 9, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hulls Cove Visitor Center parking lot.

Park rangers and astronomers from the Acadia Astronomical Society will provide telescopes with solar filters to allow visitors to safely witness this rare astronomical event.

Because of Mercury’s relatively small size, its journey across the sun will take more than seven hours, so visitors are welcome to stop in any time during the event.

In the case of cloudy weather, visitors are invited to join park rangers in the Hulls Cove Visitor Center to watch the event on screen by live feed from other parts of the globe.

The last transit of Mercury occurred 10 years ago, and after Monday, the next one visible from the Eastern United States will be in November 2019.

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