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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, Kid's stuff, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, What's On in Preston
An evening star in Preston Pic: Keith Sergeant

An evening star in Preston Pic: Keith Sergeant

Ever seen the transit of Mercury?

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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