Transit of Mercury

Family Events

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08/05/2016 09/05/2016

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The award winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience for the whole family.  With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, world unique 3D SIM ride and iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, there really...

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Entry

Adult Price ( £ 14.00 )
Child Price ( £ 11.00 ) *Age Limit 5 - 16 Years
  • Under 5's go free
Senior Price ( £ 11.00 ) *

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(transit begins 11:12)Join members of Leicester Astronomical Society to watch the Transit of Mercury (weather permitting). The transit of Mercury takes place when Mercury comes between the Sun and the Earth, and Mercury is seen moving across the face of the Sun.  The last three transits occurred in 1999, 2003 and 2006, so this will be the first time it has been viewed from the UK for 13 years. 

On June 3, 2014, the Curiosity rover on the planet Mars observed the planet Mercury transiting the Sun, marking the first time a planetary transit has been observed from a celestial body besides Earth

This special schools and family day will include live solar viewing from the Centre and workshops from the University of Leicester team working on the BepiColumbo mission, which will set off in 2017 on a journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System.

In addition the Centre will be live linking to the European Space Agency's solar telescope in space - so if the weather is bad here in Leicester, you will be able to get live images.

Come along and discover the smallest planet in the Solar System and the one closest to the Sun.

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