On November 8th 2006, a rare crossing of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun will take place for observers in North and South America, Australia, and parts of Asia. This celestial event will be captured via a LIVE WEBCAST focusing on the science, technology, and history of the transit, as well as our most current knowledge of the Sun and space weather.
The Transit of Mercury Webcast is being hosted by the NASA Digital Learning Network. From their home page just choose the Transit of Mercury feature. On the information page you will find many activities and lesson plans.
During the webcast we will feature:
LASCO C3 will begin seeing Mercury in its field of view beginning on Nov. 5. It will be pretty bright. It disappears from our view on Nov. 12. Incidentally, there will be Venus and Mars in the frames as well and on Nov. 11-12, a 4th planet will appear (4 TOTAL) when Jupiter appears. This is only the 2nd time that SOHO has seen 4 planets at once. The easiest way to view the LASCO images will is with the Sun-Earth Viewer.