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How to see the transit of Mercury in Preston

Posted on - 3rd May, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Events, Kid's stuff, Things To Do, UCLan
An evening star in Preston Pic: Keith Sergeant

An evening star in Preston Pic: Keith Sergeant

Ever seen the transit of Mercury?

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Astrophysicists are discussing the phenomenon and giving budding astronomers the chance to see the rare event.

Mercury is to pass in front of the sun and will be visible as a tiny black dot on the Sun’s surface. This only happens 13 to 14 times every century.

A special viewing platform is being is being set up by the Preston and District Astronomic Society in Haslam Park from 11.30am on Monday 9 May.

They will have safe solar viewing equipment to help you see the event. The transit begins at 12.10pm and finishes around 7.30pm.

Related: Super telescope to allow Prestonians to glimpse galaxy far, far, away

The discussion event at the University of Central Lancashire’s Darwin building takes place from 8.30pm on Monday 9 May, registration is via Eventbrite.

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