On Monday morning, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and several members of the FM Astronomy Club, members of the MSUM community moving to and fro between finals got to witness the rare sight of the planet Mercury passing between Earth and the Sun. 

While the skies were a bit hazy due to smoke from the Fort McMurray wildfires, the black dot of Mercury was clearly visible through telescopes on the face of the Sun. Another transit like this one won’t happen until November 2019 and after that, it will be another 30 years before Dragons get a chance to see a planet cross in front of the Sun.