See Mercury cross sun Monday morning in rare space event

The transit of Mercury, left, in front of the Sun is seen from St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium at Butler University is preparing for a rare space occurrence.

On Monday, Nov. 11, you'll be able to see Mercury cross the front of the sun, according to NASA. The next time this will be visible in the United States is 2049, according to

It will take more than five hours for Mercury to make the journey. In the eastern time zone, Mercury will first be visible at 7:35 a.m. The best view near the center of the sun will be at 10:19 a.m.

The Holcomb Observatory is celebrating the rare occasion with a special viewing.

The observatory will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and provide telescopes and solar filters for people to safely view Mercury, which will look like a black dot over the sun.

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