Observe the Transit of Mercury at the Riverwood Conservancy

  • The Riverwood Conservancy 300 Riverwood Park Lane Mississauga, ON, L5C Canada

Come out and observe a rare event - a transit of Mercury.

A transit of Mercury - the planet can be seen slowly moving across the face of the Sun.

A transit of Mercury - the planet can be seen slowly moving across the face of the Sun.

Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the transit.

Telescopes equipped with special filters will provide a safe view of the transit. The transit takes approximately 7.5 hours for the planet Mercury to cross the Sun. Maximum transit is at 11 am. 

The transit will begin just after 7:15 am EDT and ends at 2:40 pm EDT. Maximum transit occurs just before 11 am EDT.

In 2004 and 2012, the planet Venus crossed the Sun in two rare transits. (See below)

A transit of Venus took place in June 2004 and June 2012.

A transit of Venus took place in June 2004 and June 2012.

Observing will take place by the large parking lot near the Barn, Visual Arts Mississauga and the MacEwan Terrace Garden. The event starts at 9 am, is free and open to everyone.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the observing will be cancelled.