The tiny inner planet Mercury will be seen passing across the Sun (transit) on Monday, 9th May, 2016. Although the event will happen fourteen times this century, the next one visible from India will be in 2032. Hence the 2016 transit is a great opportunity to watch this mini-eclipse and also for us to utilise for astronomy outreach.
Find the public show events happening near you
Click Sun icons for details. Do check back again as events are still being registered. See below to register your own.
More links to Live Webcasts on 9th May
Sharing the Transit
The ASI-POEC call for sharing the transit met with a great response and co-ordinated efforts were done by telescope owners and science popularisers across the country, leading to more than 250 events. At all these locations volunteers were ready to show the Transit to the general public through their telescopes and they were registered on the national map by May 9th so that local public could find them. We estimate that more than 75000 people managed to see the transit through this campaign. Live webcasts too were registered from seven locations; many people got to see the transit at least online, overcoming reasons like bad weather etc. A handbook on observing the Sun and the transit as well as additional resources were featured for free download on the ASI-POEC website for educators to access useful information.
If you have a small telescope, know how to project the Sun's image, and have access to a public location from where the western sky can be seen clearly, try and set up an observation by inviting the local community to come and watch the Transit with you. Join us in a nationwide effort to share this spectacle with all people. Please use the form linked below to register your event.