Celestial Event Seen From Kleman Plaza

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

All across the country people are getting a rare glimpse of the planet Mercury.

At 2:12 p.m. Wednesday the planet began traveling across the Sun because both happened to be in the same plane. The journey takes up to five hours.

People of all ages stopped at Kleman Plaza outside the Challenger Learning Center to take a look through one of the center's large telescopes.

Nine-year-old Dominique Christiano says it looked like a white circle with two black dots.

"I like stuff in space, and I haven't seen a planet that's gone in front of the sun before."

Bill Skelley, president of the Tallahassee Astronomical Society invited says it’s an extremely rare event.

"Mercury has moved directly between the earth and the sun sort of like an eclipse, but Mercury is so small it won't block the sun. You just see a small dot on the sun."

The celestial event could only be seen during sunlight. If you missed it, don't hold your breath. It only happens a few times a century.

The next Mercury transit will occur in May of 2016.


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