The tiny inner planet Mercury will be seen passing across the Sun (transit) on Monday, 9th May, 2016. Although the event will happen fourteen times this century, the next one visible from India will be in 2032.
The last transit of Mercury occurred in India on 6th November 2006 i.e. 10 years back.
The Sequence: Transit starts: 16:30 IST → 1/4th transit: 18:30 IST. The sun sets from Calicut at 18:40 IST. Beyond this point the transit is not visible from Calicut.
For those residing in the western countries, the transit is visible further and the event sequence continues as: Mid transit: 20:30 IST → End Transit: 00:32 IST
The event starts at about 4:30 pm and is visible all over India. The first contact occurs at 16:32 IST; however the entrance of the dot may go unnoticed since the contrast at the edge is not sufficient enough. Within minutes the planet Mercury will appear as a tiny dot on the Eastern limb of the solar disc and will become identifiable.
Mercury will appear as a dot on the solar disc moving roughly from East to West. For an Indian observer this would mean that Mercury will move from the “top” towards the “bottom” of the Sun as it moves towards the western horizon.” says RSC authorities.
The best opportunity to view the transiting Mercury is after an hour into the event, when the effect of atmospheric absorption is still not strong enough.The transit continues beyond the sunset.
In Calicut, we will catch only the initial 1/4th of the transit.
RSC & Planetarium, Calicut will make elaborate arrangements for public observation of this rare event on 9th May 2016, at Calicut Beach from 4:30 pm onwards using three telescopes, Viz, Coronado dedicated solar telescope, GPS controlled 11 inch Celestron Telescope with high quality solar filters and Carl Zeiss telescope.
General Public are advised not to see the sun directly which is dangerous resulting in loss or damage to the eye vision. All the visitors can avail the three telescopes to be arranged at the beach by planetarium Calicut for best viewing.