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Public Event

Transit of Mercury Public drop-in session

Date: 11 Nov 2019
Time: 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Astrocampus, Heslington, York, YO10 5NA

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Join us to view the transit of Mercury - when the planet Mercury passes between us and the Sun.  Although too small to be seen with the naked eye (and NEVER look directly at the Sun), watch through our special solar telescopes as the dark silhouette of the planet appears to travel across the surface of the Sun.

The site will be open from 12.30pm to 4.00pm through the main part of the transit. Students and staff will be on hand to assist with observing and to answer questions. No ticket is required, just drop by.

Transits are possible with both Mercury and Venus, inner planets to the Earth's orbit, as they orbit the Sun faster than the Earth. Transits of Mercury are more common and are spaced by a few years, the last one being in 2016. Transits of Venus are much more rare, with a pair of transits eight years apart every 243 years, the last being in 2012.The next transit of Mercury will be in November 2032.

Please note that this event is weather dependent.

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