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AT: Scanning the Skies: Transit of Mercury with Dr. Carolyn Sumners

November 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Mercury passing in front of the bright disk of the Sun was first documented in 1631. Over one hundred years later Edmund Halley used his observation to measure the Sun’s distance that led to establishing the scale of the solar system. A Transit of Mercury happens in seven different intervals ranging from 6 to 217 year cycles. Join Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy, for an evening to celebrate this historically important phenomenon and learn the best viewing techniques for the Transit of Mercury on November 11, 2019. The next one is not until 2032.