Mercury transit 2019 can be observe from Karachi

By Aizbah Khan - Web Editor

07th November, 2019

The Transit of the planet mercury across the Sun’s disk is a unique celestial event, and University of Karachi is making it possible to observe it.

According to researchers, it is a relatively rare occurrence as seen from Earth. From our perspective, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible.

This event will be the fourth of 14 transits of Mercury that will occur during the 21st century. In contrast, transits of Venus occur in pairs, with more than a century separating each pair.

Mercury will take nearly 5.5 hours to cross in front of the sun. The transit will be widely visible from most of the Earth, including the Americas, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and western Asia. It will not be visible from central and eastern Asia, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

Dr. Jawed Iqbal, Director ISPA to PRO, Karachi University said in a statement that this rare event won’t be seen from Earth again until 2032.

Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics(ISPA), University of Karachi,  is organizing an event for observing Transit of Mercury transit using high resolution newly installed 16 inch telescope at ISPA Observatory on Monday 11–11 –2019 at 5.30 pm.

Transit of Mercury will last for few minutes in Karachi. Arrangements have been made to capture this rare event.

This event will be only for the observance of media person and if you are interested in star gazing and other celestial event, you need to have a telescope that can observe heavenly bodies from earth.

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