Sun is a rare event that in the past has helped us determine distances within our solar system. Capturing these events has also inspired many artists.
On Monday 9th May, Mercury will move in front of the Sun and cause what is known as a transit. Dr D Brown (NTU) will explain what we have learned from similar transits. Using this as a starting point, Mr M Chesney (Director of Backlit) describes S Starling's 35mm video documentary Black Drop featuring the 2015 Venus transit. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction to what is visible in this month's sky.
The event will start at 8 pm with Dr D Brown (NTU) and Mr M Chesney (Director Backlit) presenting on the Mercury transit and Simon Starling's Black Drop video documentary. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the spring sky using the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes and binoculars, if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.