Transit of Mercury

Along with our Lab Coordinator, Dr. Mark Scafonas ’01, the students of the Department of Physics took time to view transit of Mercury, on November 11, 2019, in which Mercury passed directly between the Earth and the Sun. Samantha O’Connell ’22, Francis Snyder ’21, and Alexander Manduca ’22 are pictured with the department’s Sunspotter solar telescope (designed to safely observe the Sun). The next time this event will be visible from North American will be on May 7, 2049 (https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/dont-miss-mondays-rare-transit-of-mercury/). Images of the Mercury and the plane passing on the Sun’s background were taken by Ron Pedelty using a telescope with appropriate filters.