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The Upcoming Mercury Transit


Throughout the morning of November 11, a rare and stunning astronomical event will occur called the Mercury Transit. The Memphis Astronomical Society will host a free viewing of this spectacular phenomenon on the Event Stage on November 11 from 6:30am until 12:04 pm, during the time that this transit will be visible. Telescopes will be set up for the public to come and view the planet Mercury pass directly between us and the Sun.

 

What is a transit, and what makes it so special?

The term “transit” is used when a planet crosses the Sun as seen from us on Earth. Due to the way the Earth, Mercury and the Sun are aligned, mercury transits are visible for us only in May and November and the next visible one after November 11 will not be for another 40 years! Memphis Astronomical Society will provide telescopes with special solar filters so that you can safely look through the lens and gaze at the little black dot of mercury sweeping across the glowing giant of the sun. It’s an amazing sight to see! 
 

Stop by before dropping the kids at school or during lunch to witness the majesty of the universe! 

When: Nov. 11, 6:30am - 12:04pm.
Where: The Event Stage at Shelby Farms Park (6903 Great View Drive North, Memphis, TN 38134)

 

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