Natural History Museum hosts Mercury transit watch party

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Visitors to the Natural History Museum are getting a special look at Mercury as it passes in front of the sun on Monday.

“We’ve got several telescopes set up on the deck at the Natural History Museum to show Mercury as a little dot as it passes in front of the sun as seen from Earth,” said Space Science Director Jim Greenhouse.

The last time this happened was in 2016, and officials say it won’t happen again until 2032. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society brought special telescopes out with special solar filters so viewers could safely look at the sun and see Mercury pass by.

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