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Transit of Mercury at Emera Astronomy Center
November 11 @ 7:00 am - 1:30 pm
Observe the tiny black form of Mercury as it crosses the disk of the Sun–a rare transit that happens only 13 times each century on November 11th at Emera Astronomy Center. The Clark Telescope will be open from 7:00 am to 1:15pm for this event (weather permitting).
Transits, are exceedingly uncommon, and the planet Mercury transits the Sun only 13 times in the 21st century. (Venus won’t transit the Sun again until December 2117.) While these observational events do not offer the spectacle of a total solar eclipses, they remain one of the most intriguing of all celestial events. The passage of a planet across the Sun is direct evidence of the heliocentric (Sun-centered) solar system model and it showcases the power of mathematical astronomy to precisely predict cosmic events years, even millennia in the future. While transits have only been observed since the early 17th century, we know they have taken place millions of times since the birth of our solar system.
Today we use these events like these on other stars to discover exo-planets, or new planets outside our solar system.
No tickets are required for this event and viewing will be FREE, but is weather dependent!
FMI: http://astro.umaine.edu or (207) 581-1341