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Celestial double feature: Mercury to cross sun, meteor shower known for fireballs to peak

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Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 09:43:00-05

(WTXL) — On the same day that Mercury will cross the sun, the Taurids meteor shower will peak.

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 Space.com.

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. Just like during an eclipse, viewers need to use a solar filter since looking directly at the sun can cause permanent eye damage.

The Taurids meteor shower is also set to peak on the night of Nov. 11 into the morning of Nov. 12.

"The Taurids are not known for their high numbers, rather they are known more for the fireballs they produce," the American Meteor Society (AMS) states. "We invite you to try and witness some of this activity before the nights become bitterly cold."

The best time to view the Northern Taurids will be after midnight when the shooting stars will be joined by a full moon.