Transit of Mercury

Zack Stockbridge peers under a blanket at a laptop connected to a telescope Monday in the Southwestern Community College parking lot as he views Mercury making its way between Earth and the sun. Astronomy enthusiasts from around the region brought eight telescopes to watch the Transit of Mercury across the sun. The phenomenon will not be visible in the United States again until 2049. “We’re taking measurements of the Transit of Mercury at about 20 sites across the country,” Stockbridge said. “We’ll take those measurements and calculate the distance between the Earth and the sun.”