Physics and Astrophysics
School of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Transit of Mercury

Thank you to everyone that came along to check out the Transit of Mercury at our event on Monday May 9th 2016! It was a roaring success with hundreds of students, some members of the public and even a few school pupils watching this rare astronomical highlight.

The timing of this transit couldn’t be better with the announcement that NASA’s Kepler telescope has discovered hundreds of Earth-like planets around extrasolar stars. A well used technique to do this is through the observation of transit events.  As a planet passes in front of the star it is orbiting, there is a dip in the amount of light which we are then able to detect-thus suggesting the presence of a new planet! This is exactly what we saw with Mercury!

Check out our photos of the event and stay tuned for future science activities...

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