Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Portland, Oregon Coast, Washington Get View of Transit of Mercury

Published 11/06/2019 at 6:55 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Portland, Oregon Coast, Washington Get View of Transit of Mercury

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; some specials even in summer
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Check each listing for specials
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Some Deals even in summer; great packages
In Lincoln City:
Major price drops on some dates and some lodgings
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Specials can still be found
In Newport:
Includes exclusive listings not found anywhere
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials
In Yachats, Florence
Some specials; lodgings not listed anywhere else

(Portland, Oregon) – Back in 2012, Portland and the Oregon coast were able to witness an astounding astronomical event: the tiny shadow of the planet Venus moving across the face of the sun (photo above). That is, if you had the right equipment. It's called the transit of Venus.

Portland, inland Oregon, the coast and Washington and its coastline get to witness much the same thing this Veteran's Day, - Monday, November 11 - but this time it's the farthest inward planet of our solar system, Mercury, that gets the spotlight. The transit of Mercury will happen in the Pacific Northwest starting a couple hours before sunrise, but will be visible from when the sun comes up (7:04 a.m.) until just a little after 10 a.m.

Look to the east, said Portland's astronomy whiz.

“A transit of Mercury is a rare celestial event: it is the observed passage of the planet Mercury across the disk of the Sun,” said OMSI astronomer and planetarium manager Jim Todd. “It occurs when Mercury, orbiting the sun ‘on the inside track,' catches up to and passes the slower Earth.”

For those viewing this movement of Mercury, the planet will appear as a small dot in the foreground, going from left to right across the southern portion of the sun. If the weather is permitting (and by the looks of forecasts it will be in this region), Todd said most of the world will be able to see this stellar wonder. A total of five and a half hours, the transit can be seen in the U.S., South America, Africa and Europe.

“Unfortunately, Portland viewers will miss the first part of the Mercury Transit for the first 2.5 hours, and low above the horizon,” Todd said. “We recommend finding an unobstructed area with free sight to southeast with a low horizon to best view the transit.”

He added the Oregon coast will be at a bit of a deficit as well because of the coast range hills directly behind the beach towns. However, since the phenomena lasts until at least 10 a.m., coastal visitors and residents should be able to see it for awhile, as the sun likely pops up behind the hills after 8 a.m. or so and keeps rising in the sky.

“I think Marys Peak near Corvallis will be the best view, as that has a pretty clear view to the east, if I remember right,” Todd said.

Todd urged extreme caution, however, not to check this out with the naked eye. Even eclipse glasses will cause severe injury to your eye.

“It is important not to view any of this transit activity without eye protection or without using indirect viewing techniques,” Todd said. “Viewers should use only an approved solar filter which blocks dangerous ultraviolet and infrared radiation as well as visible light. Please note that solar eclipse glasses paired with binoculars or telescopes do NOT do the trick; in fact, this method is even more dangerous than staring at the sun without safe eye protection.”

The safest way to view the transit is to watch live images from telescopes around the world.

Time and Date Live Stream: https://www.timeanddate.com/live/

Griffith Observatory's Live Stream: http://www.griffithobservatory.org/events/Transit_of_Mercury_2019.html

See Oregon Coast Weather -- Washington Coast Weather

Facts:

Transit starts at 4:35 a.m., about 2 hours and 29 minutes before local sunrise.

Sunrise in the Portland area is in the ESE at 7:04 a.m., two degrees above the horizon. Times will differ greatly between southern Oregon coast and northern Washington.

Greatest movement occurs at 7:20 a.m. when Mercury is closest to the center of the sun.

Transit ends at 10:03 a.m., when sun is at 22 degrees. Mercury then exits the lower west of the sun. Oregon Coast Hotels for this event - Where to eat - Map - Virtual Tour








Below: photos of the planet Venus over Cannon Beach (at bottom)

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

N. Oregon Coast Holidays: Cannon Beach Museum, Downtown Parties
Cannon Beach events: plenty of interesting yuletide distractions
Central Oregon Coast Holidays Kick Off with Lincoln City Tree Lighting
Family ornament workshop, cookies and hot chocolate, festive choral music, a visit with Santa. Lincoln City events
Wacky Oregon Coast History: Nov. 12 is Happy Exploding Whale Day, New Facts
More tidbits about the incident, the clip and its future. Sciences
Major Meteor Shower Could Hit West Coast, Oregon, Washington
An enormous but short burst of activity of especially bright meteors. Sciences
Lion's Mane Jellyfish: Something Ouchy on Oregon Coast Lately
Seaside Aquarium this week reporting seeing some Lion's Mane Jellyfish on the north coast. South coast, Sciences
Holidays and Book Fair Approach on N. Oregon Coast: Tillamook, Seaside
Mook Book Fair in Tillamook, Gingerbread Tea in Seaside. Tillamook events, Seaside events
Oregon Coast King Tides Project Kickoff Party, Photogs Needed
With the first king tides coming up November 25 - 27. Weather
Animal Planet Star of Crikey! It's the Irwins Films at Oregon Coast Aquarium
Bindi Irwin showed up in Newport for a segment airing Nov. 23. Science, kids

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details