On Nov. 11, people across most of the world can catch the planet Mercury passing across the sun. This rare event won’t be seen from Earth again until 2032.
The smallest planet in the solar system is also the closest to our star, and occasionally it crosses in front of the sun’s bright disk from our perspective here on Earth. The last time this happened was in 2016, but after this upcoming transit, we’ll have to wait another 13 years to see the next one.
Mercury will begin its journey across the sun on Nov. 11 at 7:35 a.m. EST (1235 GMT), and the entire transit will take roughly 5 and a half hours, ending at 1:04 p.m. EST (1804 GMT), according to NASA.
The planet will look like a tiny, traveling blemish on the sun’s face as it passes in front of the sun. The transiting world will be so small that skywatchers will need special gear — telescopes or binoculars equipped with protective solar filters — to see it.