Tuesday, 5 April 2016

OSC Event - Transit of Mercury on 9th May 2016

Come and join the Wealden Astronomical Society who will have Solar scopes and Astronomical Telescopes with Solar Filters on the lawns at the Herstmonceux Science Centre for a day of sun and fun.
A transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when the planet Mercury comes between the Sun and the Earth, and Mercury is seen as a small black dot moving across the face of the Sun.
Transits of Mercury with respect to Earth are much more frequent than transits of Venus, with about 13 or 14 per century, in part because Mercury is closer to the Sun and orbits it more rapidly.
Transits of Mercury occur in May or November. The last three transits occurred in 1999, 2003 and 2006; the next will occur in 2016.
On June 3, 2014, the Curiosity rover on the planet Mars observed the planet Mercury transiting the Sun, marking the first time a planetary transit has been observed from a celestial body besides Earth.

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