Highland Road Park Observatory
Monday, 9 May from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
A “transit” is the phenomenon of viewing a smaller body crossing in front of a larger one. On 9 May, for the first time in ten years, the disk of Mercury☿ will traverse the disk of the Sun☉.
A Transit of Mercury☿ is not visible to the unaided eye. At least 30x magnification is needed to easily see the phenomenon. Several telescopes (at least six) will be in operation on HRPO grounds.
HRPO will be open for the duration of the event. The Sun☉ will actually be rising here in Baton Rouge as the transit gets started!
If a first-timer is in any doubt whether he will be performing the viewing safely, viewing of the Transit should be attempted only with someone with previous solar viewing experience.
Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, January 14, 2016, 03:18 PM.