On 9th May 2016 Mercury will appear to pass in front of the Sun, bringing the smallest planet in the Solar System into focus. To prepare for this rare event, we are hosting an evening of talks on 21st April. Come and listen to special invited speakers talking about the two contrasting worlds: Mercury and the Sun.
With NASA's Messenger mission recently coming to a dramatic end at Mercury, and with ESA's BepiColombo mission due for launch in early 2017, we are learning a great deal about this enigmatic planet.
The tiny sphere of Mercury is in stark contrast to the violent and constantly changing ball of plasma that is the Sun. A wide range of missions are continuing to tell us a great deal about the Sun and its effects on the Earth. Chris Scott, Professor of Space and Atmospheric Physics, will tell us about our closest star.
Theatre doors open from 6.30pm