Today from where i was, me and my friends caught sight of Mercury Passing by our Earth.This was an incredible sight and surprisingly,this happens every 13 centuries and this won't happen again until 2023 so this felt like a once in a lifetime experience and all of my friends got hyped.The thing was,I didn't understand how it happeneded so from my research this is what I found (extra information;Me and my friends turned colourblind for an hour due to this)
A transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when the planet Mercury passes directly (transits) between the Sun and a superior planet, becoming visible against (and hence obscuring a small portion of) the solar disk. During a transit, Mercury appears as a tiny black dot moving across the disk of the Sun.This Mercury transit lasts around five and a half hours. The last one, in May 2016 lasted about seven and a half hours. In May 2095, there will be another almost as long. Planet transits are normally visible from all locations where the Sun is up.Even though, half of my class believed that this experience will be like an eclipse.This could not be an eclipse since Mercury does not have any moons When we have a lunar eclipse, the Moon experiences a solar eclipse. Unlike the solar eclipses on earth, those on the Moon can last for hours.