Special Viewing of Mercury Transit

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Date(s) - November 11, 2019
7:30 am - 1:15 pm

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Barnstable High School
Hyannis

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Special Viewing of the Transit of Mercury

            On Monday, November 11—Veterans’ Day–Mercury will do a full transit of the sun. The public is invited to attend a special solar viewing at Barnstable High School starting at 7:30 a.m.  Michael Gyra, Director of the David Cole Observatory and Cobb Astro Park, will open the observatory to allow a first hand look at the transit. This event is co-sponsored by Barnstable High School and the Cape Cod Astronomical Society.

            Solar telescopes, solar binoculars, SUNSPOTTERS, and solar shades are provided, guaranteeing safe viewing. Mercury starts to appear in front of the sun at 7:36 a.m. It reaches the mid-point at 10:20 a.m. and moves off the sun’s disk at 1:04 p.m.

             After this, it doesn’t occur again until 2032, so take this opportunity to see it now. This celestial event also is an opportunity to experience the unique setting of the Cobb Astro Park, which includes the Human Sundial and Pathway of Discovery. Fun activities also are planned to introduce these features.

            Barnstable High School is at 744 West Main Street, Hyannis. Use the entrance at the Knight Auditorium and take the first left at the 1700 Hallway. Halfway down this Hallway, on the right, there is a sign for the Cobb Astro Park.



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