May 9, 2016
Transit of Mercury
We have some very nice telescopes, but they can't see through the clouds. Make a note to check back here for the next transit on November 11th, 2019!
On Monday, May 9th, a fairly rare celestial event will occur – a transit of Mercury. A transit is the passage of an inner planet across the face of the Sun. The transit begins at 6:13 a.m. and ends at 1:42 p.m.
Transits of Mercury occur 13 or 14 times per century, always in either May or November because of the geometry involving the inclinations of the orbits of Mercury and Earth with respect to each other. The last transit visible from the United States was in November 2006, but we won’t have to wait as long for the next one, which will occur on November 11, 2019. That will be the last one visible from the United States until May 7, 2049.
For more a live video feed of the transit from NASA:
The Memphis Astronomical Society will set up telescopes in two locations for public viewing of the event.
Greenline Gardens at Shelby Farms Park, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Other M.A.S. members will be viewing from the front lawn of the
Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
FREE Astronomy Course
A FREE Astronomy Course was recently offered during the regular M.A.S. General meetings. We recorded all of the lectures and posted them on our YouTube Channel.
Click here for a Short Course Lecture and Study Guide with links to the YouTube Lectures
There is a test for those who want to earn a Certificate suitable for framing.
About the M.A.S.
The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.
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