Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Public invited to see Mercury pass between Earth and Sun at celestial viewing Nov. 8

KINGSVILLE - October 25, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Opportunitywon’t arise again until 2016

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Mercury will pass between the Earth and the sun, in an event that won’t happen again until the year 2016.

The public has a chance to see this happening through solar viewing equipment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, from the western sundeck of Lon C. Hill Hall, room H202, weather permitting. Viewing time runs from 1:15-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8.

“Adults, students and children are all encouraged to attend this rare celestial phenomenon and see for themselves what it looks like to see a small planet silhouetted against a large star,” offers Dr. Lionel D. Hewett, professor in the physics/geosciences department.

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