English School Students Observing The Stunning Transit of Mercury

11 May 2016

English School Students Observing The Stunning Transit of Mercury
English School Students Observing The Stunning Transit of Mercury
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We should do astronomy because it is beautiful and because it is fun. We should do it because people want to know. We want to know our place in the universe and how things happen. – John Bahcall

Members of the Astronomy Club and their fellow students had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful transit of Mercury across the surface of the sun.  Club members operated our Dobsonian telescope at the entrance to the science building and observed the event in white light, kept safe by using a Baader Astrosolar filter.
 
A transit is the passage of a planet across the Sun's bright disk. At this time, the planet can be seen as a small black disk slowly moving in front of the Sun.  It is a rare event and only happens about 13 times a century.
 

Club members then had the opportunity to observe this rare phenomenon with a specialised solar telescope in the red alpha-hydrogen wavelength, at 1010
 Asteroskopeion.  Many thanks for the invitation. ​

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