An artist's depiction of BepiColombo during one of its two Venus flybys en route to Mercury. In order to view it, astronomers will need telescopes or binoculars fitted with protective solar filters. The event, known as the transit of Mercury or the Mercury-Sun transit, occurs when the planet passes directly in front of Earth's host star.
If the weather doesn't hold up, NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory will live stream Mercury's Transit.
Nasa states that this event typically only happens about 13 times per century and hadn't happened in almost a decade prior to the May 9, 2016 transit of Mercury. The super rare transit of Mercury will happen on November 11 and with the right equipment and weather, you will be able to actually see it.
This unique occasion will only take place again in 13 years' time and was last experienced in 2016. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, and so it speeds around its orbit once every 88 days.
Mercury will pass in front of the sun on November 11 from 7:35 a.m.to 1:04 p.m. The position of Mercury over time was determined from radio tracking data obtained while NASA's MESSENGER mission was active. As it does, Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot moving across the surface of the sun. I'm talking about the transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun!
But beware: Mercury is too small to see without high-powered binoculars or a telescope, and looking directly at the sun, even with sunglasses, could cause permanent eye damage.
Keep in mind to ensure your telescope has a proper solar filter as looking at the sun without one can cause serious eye damage. You might also be able to attend a viewing party at a local museum or astronomy club event.