Observe the Mercury Transit 2019 from Sheffield

Observe the Mercury Transit 2019 from Sheffield

Monday 11th November 2019 from 12:30pm to 16:30pm

Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre
Hicks Building, 226 Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RH

Mercury will pass in front of the Sun on 11th November 2019 and you can see this for yourself at the School of Mathematics and Statistics in central Sheffield!

The Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre is setting up a live stream of our H-alpha telescopic observation in the Hicks Building foyer, where we’ll also answer all your burning questions about the Sun and this rare celestial event!

Additionally, we will guide small groups of people to be able to take a look at the tiny planet as it drifts between the Sun and the Earth through a telescope.

Don’t miss it – you’ll have to wait over 13 years (until 13 Nov 2032) for the next Mercury transit!

Please note that this event has already taken place on 11/11/2019

Event booking

No booking is required simply turn up on the day!

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.



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