Transit of Mercury - 11th November 2019
This is a reminder that there will be transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun TODAY, Monday 11th November, the last for 13 years. The transit will started at 12:35 GMT and lasted until sunset in the UK (a bit longer if you are further West or looking at it Online).
At about 14:00 few (see picture) of us went to the Phillimore (Radlett) recreation ground and got one of our telescopes out. Unfortunately it was largely cloudy, we did get a couple of brief glimpses of the sun through the telescope however it was not clear enough for long enough to be able to see Mercury.
We have now (15:30) packed up and gone home.
Whatever the weather you will be able to see the transit online – see space.com (https://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html) for links and more details.
Here are a couple of picture of the transit from Space.com (taken at about 12:50 and 15:45) - click on the images to enlarge then and you will see the small black dot of Mercury. It is near the centre at the bottom on the first picture and near the centre of the sun on the second one.
PLEASE REMEMBER do not try to look at this without proper eye protection (the same as would be needed to look at a solar eclipse). Note that due to the size of Mercury you will probably only be able to see this though a telescope, or possibly by projection onto white card, as it is likely to be too small to see just by your eyes using Eclipse glasses.
Wanted - Group Leader
If you feel you could take on the role of leading this group, then please let either Brian Lipman (our U3A Groups coordinator) or me know. Brian’s email address is email@example.com. You do not need to be an expert on the subject to become a group leader, and indeed you don’t even need to know anything about it. And there will be help available – Simon Pyzer and 3 colleagues are happy to help.
Contact: send an email by clicking on the carrier pigeon on this page
Meetings: Currently there are no regular group meetings planned When run these are typically on a Thursday evening or occasionally at other times when weather permits scope usage or visits are planned. Members of the group will be notified of meetings by email and via this webpage.
The Astronomy group own a telescope, thanks to a grant from the Radlett Festival Committee, it will be available for use by the group and for the local community under supervision of the group. Telescope evenings will be arranged at short notice depending upon the weather and peoples availability and will be announced here and via eMail.
Keep an eye this web page for short notice announcements of telescope evenings and any other events.
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