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Transit of Mercury

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A ‘Transit of Mercury’ happens when the Solar System’s innermost planet comes directly between the Sun and the Earth at an angle which allows it to be seen in silhouette.

During the transit, Mercury can be viewed from Earth as a small black dot sliding slowly across the face of the Sun.

The transit happens on May 9 and Britain is one of the best places in the world to view the alignment.

The whole transit will also be visible from, South America and eastern North America and partially visible everywhere else except Australia and far eastern Asia.