Viewing Event: Mercury Crossing the Sun

**Due to the winter weather advisory currently in effect for the area, JJC has canceled today’s viewing event at Main Campus for the transit of Mercury across the sun. We apologize for any inconvenience.**

Joliet Junior College will host a viewing event as the planet Mercury crosses the sun's face on Monday, Nov. 11.

At this time, the planet will be seen as a small, black disk. When the sun rises in Joliet, Mercury will already be moving across the sun. It will end its passage across the sun at 12:04 p.m. The last time Mercury transited the sun was in 2016. The next two transits of Mercury will occur in 2032 and 2039, but they will not be visible from Joliet. The next time this occurance can be seen from Joliet is May 2049.

JJC's viewing of this event, weather permitting, begins at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 until Mercury fully transits across the sun's face. It will take place on the east lawn outside of the Event Center at Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road. The college will have telescopes available that will project the sun's image on paper for safe viewing. Telescopes will also be equipped with solar filters to safely view this event.

This event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, snow or ice, the event will be cancelled. For more information, contact Natural Sciences Professor Dr. Noella Dcruz at 815-280-2572 or ndcruz@jjc.edu.