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Astronomy in 2016

Not a lot has been happening here lately. Shame on me.

Let's take a look at what's coming up in Southern California for the first part of this year, astronomically speaking...

Mercury Transit – May 9
On the morning of May 9th, Southern Californians will get a good view of Mercury's transit across the face of the Sun. While a Mercury transit isn't quite the spectacle of a Venus transit (nor is it as rare), it's still an exciting event. Transits, like their more dramatic brethren, eclipses, are fantastic at providing rarely glimpsed perspective on a massive scale. Seeing two solar system bodies that are at opposite ends of the size spectrum provides a sense of scale that is difficult to achieve in any other natural way. During the transit, keep in mind that the Sun is roughly 93 million miles from us and Mercury is about 57 million miles from us. While Mercury is a lot closer, it's tiny size is fantastically dwarfed by the enormity of the Sun. Mercury will appear …