Phoenix Park - Papal Cross Car Park
Chesterfield Avenue, Dublin, Dublin 8
In one of the rarest spectacles of astronomy visible from Earth, the planet MERCURY will transit across the face of the Sun on the 11th November 2019. This will present a special opportunity to get a live view of the planet and the solar system’s movements. The next transit will fall on November 13, 2032.
Using specially adapted telescopes, the Irish Astronomical Society have arranged a special live viewing of the event from the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park starting at 12 Noon for about 3 hours.
It will not be possible to observe or photograph the planet without a telescope because of how small Mercury is compared to our Sun. Unfortunately, the transit will not be visible through eclipse glasses. A specially adapted telescope, solar filter and expert guidance is needed to view the Sun safely.
Please note that this event has already taken place on 11/11/2019
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.
Mon 11th Nov
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.