On May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will transit between the Earth and the Sun for the first time in nearly a decade. Come out to safely observe this rare astronomical event through safe, solar-filtered telescopes. Museum scientists from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab will be facilitating the observation on the Green Roof, and will be available to answer all your questions about transits and what they can teach us about our solar system. Members of the Raleigh Astronomy Club will also be organizing a transit observation throughout the day, and will have telescopes on the Bicentennial Plaza for visitors to watch the transit. Two lectures will be given in conjunction with this event.
SECU Daily Planet Theater
11:00am: Planet One: A Brief Tour of History and Discovery on Mercury
Rachel L. Smith, PhD, Head, Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab
11:30am: Observing Transits Continues to Shape Our View of the Solar System
Tony Rice, NASA/ JPL Ambassador
NRC 4th Floor Green Roof
11:00am–2:00pm: Transit of Mercury Observation,* facilitated by the Museum’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab
Bicentennial Plaza, in front of main Museum entrance
9:00am–2:00pm: Transit of Mercury Observation,* facilitated by the Raleigh Astronomy Club
*In the event of overcast weather, the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab will be open from noon to 2pm, and there will be a live feed of the transit in the SECU Daily Planet Theater.