Observing Mercury Pass in Front of the Sun

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Due to bad weather, we are cancelling our planned event to show people the transit of Mercury on Monday morning, Nov 11th.

You can find a number of live video broadcasts of the event at: www.space.com/mercury-transit-2019-webcasts.html


On Monday morning, November 11, the planet Mercury will pass between the Earth and Sun in its orbit.

Astronomers from RIT will set up telescopes in the Infinity Quad, in front of Gosnell and Gleason Halls, so that students and faculty walking across campus may stop and see the little black dot on the face of the Sun.
The event will last all morning long, from about 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, so there will be plenty of time for everyone to catch the show.

Of course, if the skies are completely overcast or raining, we will have to cancel the event. Please check this site for an update on Sunday evening, Nov 10.
It can be dangerous to look at the Sun directly, so we will bring equipment to allow you to view the event safely. Please do not visit the RIT Observatory at this time, as all our instruments and staff will be on the main campus in front of Gosnell Hall.

You can find more information about this event, including a picture from a previous transit, at the EarthSky webpage: https://earthsky.org/?p=316375

Questions? Contact Michael Richmond, Director of the RIT Observatory, at mwrsps@rit.edu.

Michael Richmond

Event Snapshot
When and Where
Monday, November 11, 2019
7:30 AM-1:00 PM
Infinity Quad

Open to the Public

Interpreter Requested


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