Transit of Mercury Observation

Event Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2016
Event Time: 
9:00am - 2:00pm
Event Description: 

On May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will transit between the Earth and the Sun for the first time in nearly a decade. Come out to safely observe this rare astronomical event through the Museum’s solar-filtered telescopes. Museum scientists from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab will be facilitating the observation, and will be available to answer all your questions about transits and what they can teach us about our solar system! Two lectures will be given in conjunction with the transit observation.

SECU DAILY PLANET THEATER

11:00am: "Planet One: A Brief Tour of History and Discovery on Mercury"
Rachel L. Smith, PhD, Head, Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab

11:30am: "Observing Transits Continues to Shape Our View of the Solar System"
Tony Rice, NASA/ JPL Ambassador

 

NRC 4TH FLOOR GREEN ROOF

11:00am–2:00pm: Transit of Mercury Observation*

 

DOWNTOWN RALEIGH BICENTENNIAL PLAZA

9:00am-2:00pm: Transit of Mercury Observation,* faciliated by members of the Raleigh Astronomy Club

 

*In the event of overcast weather, the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab will be open from noon to 2pm. There may also be a live feed of the transit in the SECU Daily Planet Theater.

Event Type: 
Educational
Lecture / Talk
Telescope Viewing
Webcast
Open to the General Public?: 
Yes
Topic: 
Astronomy,  Mercury & Venus,  Sun
Event Location: 

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 West Jones Street
RaleighNorth Carolina 27601
United States