In a rare event that happens only 13 times a century, Mercury will be passing in front of the sun today, visible only as a tiny black dot in front of the sun. Take caution, however: looking at this event through your own telescope without the proper solar filters can cause serious damage to your eyes. Thankfully, livestreams are available to see the entire event as it happens.

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Below is a link to the livestream so you can watch the whole thing.

Here’s What You Need To Know

Mercury’s transit across the sun will begin just after 7 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 9th. The planet will reach the midway point of the sun’s surface by about 10:47 a.m. and will finish its rare transit around 2:47 p.m EST, according to Space.com. Many in the West will be able to see the entire transit, but thanks to this livestream, you can watch the entire thing wherever you are in the world. Thank you technology!

We can thank Slooh for partnering with observatories around the world to bring us this livestream.

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As we gaze upon objects across incomprehensible distances, many of us can’t help but wonder, “Does life exist out there?”

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If you’ve kept up with information, declassified files, whistleblower testimonials, and other research on the subject, you probably support the idea that there is life beyond human beings; that we are not alone. But if the topic is new to you and you are still exploring, perhaps some thoughts from a chief scientist at NASA will help you in your search for answers. While NASA isn’t the authority we make them out to be, their stance on all things related to space still carries significant weight.

“I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years.”

– Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (source)

More on this subject here: http://www.collective-evolution.com/?s=extraterrestrial


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