Mercury to make rare pass between Earth and the sun on May 9

Mercury To Make Rare Pass Between Earth And Sun On May 9
Mercury To Make Rare Pass Between Earth And Sun On May 9

Mercury is a small, blazing hot, uninhabitable planet -- but that doesn't mean it isn't a wonder to behold, reports CNET.

The fiery orb will make its much anticipated pass between the sun and Earth on May 9, something that only happens roughly 13 times every hundred years, notes NASA.

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Mercury will begin its trans-solar journey shortly after 7am Eastern Daylight Time.

According to NASA, "The entire 7.5-hour path across the sun will be visible across the Eastern United States...while those in the West can observe the transit in progress after sunrise."

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While viewing the event requires a load of professional-grade equipment, NASA has you covered.

The agency plans to share the highlights on multiple media outlets.

Photos will be posted on the NASA website and to social media sites -- and there is also a 1-hour special slated for broadcast on NASA TV.