On Monday 9th May 2016 the planet Mercury transited across the Sun. The event was visible from the America’s, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, most and of Asia. From start the finish the transit lasted around 7 hours so. The last transit of Mercury was in 2006. There will be another one in 2019 which is barely visible from the UK and the next one after that is not until 2032!
After Comet 252P Linear’s Closest approach on Monday, its much fainter companion is making an even closer encounter with Earth on Tuesday 22nd. Discovered much more recently than its bigger brother, 2016 BA14 will flyby at a distance of just 9 lunar distances, or 2.1 million miles. This makes it the second closest approach of any comet in history (the last being this close was way back in 1770). [Read more…]
On March 21st, Comet 252p/Linear will make a close approach to Earth at a distance of only 0.036AU (33.5 Million Miles). This makes it the 5th closest cometary approach to Earth on record! Normally a dim comet, Linear’s rapid brightening has surprised everyone’s expectations. It is now an easy target for backyard telescopes and binoculars on the edge of naked eye visibility.