BBC, 9 May 2016
Today sky watchers will be able to see Mercury transit the Sun. This event only occurs 13 or 14 times each century so it has been featured quite heavily in the news, today and over the weekend.
Many people will want to see this but it’s very important to protect your eyes while experiencing the event. The College of Optometrists has issued the below advice for those wishing to observe the transit:
Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Advisor at the College of Optometrists said; “This is a rare opportunity to see the transit of Mercury across the sun, and people will be very excited to make the most of it. You may be tempted to look directly at the sun, but very important that you don’t do so, as this will put your eyesight at risk.”