Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2016-05-09 09:00 - 11:10
Plaza in front of Koerner Library, UBC
Local Contact: 
Jaymie Matthews and Jeremy Heyl
Intended Audience: 
The planet Mercury will transit (pass in front of the face of the Sun) for the first time in a decade on Monday morning, 9 May. The UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy, with the support of the UBC Astronomy Club, will host safe public viewing of the transit during 9:00 - 11:40 a.m. on Monday. Telescopes will be set up on the plaza between The Nest (the new SUB) and the Hennings Building on the UBC Vancouver campus. Astronomy Professors Jaymie Matthews and Jeremy Heyl will be on hand to explain transits and to answer questions, along with other UBC faculty, grad and undergrad students. A transit isn't spectacular in the sense of a scene from the latest Star Wars movie, but there are few opportunities to witness one with your own eyes. The last Mercury transit took place 10 years ago, and the next will not happen for 3-1/2 years. This is also an opportunity to check off "Seen Mercury with my own eyes" on your List Of Things To Do, even if you are seeing the silhouette of Mercury, not its reflection. For more information, contact Dr. Jaymie Matthews 604-822-2696 604-734-7602
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