Amateur astronomers want to help you see Mercury transit the sun in Charlotte 

Charlotte amateur astronomers hope to see a rare event Monday as Mercury passes in front of the sun, a tiny dot inching across the giant orb.

It’s called a transit of Mercury and occurs only about 13 times a century, Sky and Telescope magazine reports. It won’t happen again until 2032.

The Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club hopes to offer the public a view, assuming clouds don’t get in the way. As of Friday, the Monday forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds.

Unless the sky is cloudy, the club will set up special telescopes to safely view the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at First Ward Park, 301 E. 7th St., in uptown Charlotte.

Bruce Henderson writes about transportation, emerging issues and interesting people for The Charlotte Observer. His reporting background is in covering energy, environment and state news.