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Saturday, May 7

Join us to observe the transit of Mercury on Monday 9th May 2016

On Monday 9th May we will be holding an public event to observe the transit of Mercury.

During the transit the planet Mercury will move across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. You can't see this event with the naked eye, indeed it is very dangerous to look at the Sun directly with the naked eye or any optical aid. We'll have the equipment on hand to show you the event safely, and explain what's going on.

Transit of Venus 2004
The transit starts just after 12pm and society members will be on hand in Memorial Gardens, Cockermouth from just before 12 with their specially equipped telescopes. Members will be around most of the afternoon and then again from around 5pm until the transit finishes just after 7.30pm.

You can find more information about the transit on the Society for Popular Astronomy website and more information on safe solar observing from the BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Hope to see you there,


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