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Transit of Mercury at St Mary's

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Monday 09 May 2016

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The BSc (Hons) Physics (Applied) programme at St Mary’s University, Twickenham is hosting an event on Monday 9th May from 12.30pm until 2pm in the Student Union Lounge to mark the transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun. This astronomical phenomenon is unique and it happens when the planet Mercury comes in between the Earth and the Sun. During the transit the planet Mercury can be seen as a small dark spot moving across the surface of the Sun. The transit of a planet across the Sun’s surface is a rare event and from the Earth only the transits of the planets Venus and Mercury are visible. The planet Mercury transits about 13 times per century across the Sun and the last time that this occurred was in 2006. St Mary’s physicists will explain  what is happening during the transit while watching it live. A series of short talks from  will take the audience through the physics and history of planets’ transit and how this phenomenon is used by astrophysicists to study exoplanets (planets who are outside the Solar System). Join the Applied Physics team for this unique opportunity to watch live the transit of the planet Mercury and learn more about the most recent discoveries about exoplanets. For further information about the event please contact Elisabetta Canetta at elisabetta.canetta@stmarys.ac.uk.

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Date:
Monday 09 May 2016

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For more information about this event please email conferences@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8219.

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