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Barlow Planetarium Hosts ‘Mercury Transit Party’

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The Barlow Planetarium and the NEWSTAR Astronomy Club invite to the public to view a rare celestial event at the Barlow Planetarium on November 8th between 1:12 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The planet Mercury will pass between Earth and the sun, in what astronomers call a “transit.”  Mercury transits are rare -- only a few occur each century. 

Join the Barlow staff and NEWSTAR volunteers for safe viewing of the transit. They will also help viewers look for solar prominences, sunspots and flares on the sun's surface and strongly advise viewers to not ever look at the sun directly without a proper solar filter!

For example, exposed photo or X-ray film are not safe filters. 

Please join us at the Barlow Planetarium for safe viewing and the opportunity to talk with astronomers and see demonstrations of the event on the planetarium dome.

Planetarium demonstrations will be shown at 2:30 p.m. and every half-hour as needed.  The event will end at 4:00 p.m.  While the entire event is free, small donations are appreciated.

The Barlow Planetarium is located at UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, in Menasha. For questions, call the planetarium staff at 920-832-2848 or email Barlowplanetarium@uwc.edu.

Posted 11/8/2006