On Monday, November 11th, Mercury will make a rare transit between the Earth and the Sun, something that looks like the planet will pass our star on Earth from our perspective. According to NASA, this transit takes place only about thirteen times a century. The next pass will happen in 2032. Most people on earth will witness the pass, though it will be a bit difficult to see for themselves.

First of all, NASA reminds the public that it is very dangerous to look directly at the sun. Otherwise, there is a risk that the person suffers permanent visual damage. It is important to use a Sun filter from a reputable supplier. You also need a telescope that supports at least a 50x zoom.

Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system. Compared to the sun, the planet will look like a tiny black dot gently sailing across the face of our star. You can not view this event without a telescope and the corresponding filter. Provided you have this equipment, you can watch the event from North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Pacific and Atlantic, West Asia and New Zealand.

Transit starts at 6:35 CST / 7:35 EST, although some people have to wait until the sun rises in their time zone before they can see them. In these cases, the transit becomes visible only after it has already been started. According to NASA, Mercury will be at its sunniest point at 9:20 am CEST / 10:20 am EST.

If you do not have the proper equipment to view the transit yourself, you are covered by NASA. In addition to the above video, which provides a high-quality rendered view of the appearance of the transit, the space agency plans to publish images of the actual transit on its website.