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  • May 2, 2016

Space for Life invites you to observe the transit of Mercury with the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium experts

  • Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Composite image of the November 6, 2006, transit of Mercury, as seen from space by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO.
Photo: SOHO/NASA/ESA

On May 9, between 7:13 a.m. and 2:42 p.m., observers in Québec will have a chance to witness an unusual astronomical phenomenon when Mercury passes directly between the Sun and the Earth. As the planet’s silhouette reveals itself in front of the surface of our star, Space for Life invites you to join astronomy fans and observe the event together. (To fully enjoy the show without endangering our eyesight, the use of a telescope equipped with a filter designed specifically for observing the Sun is essential.) Such transits take place on average just 13 times a century, and this year it will be completely visible from Québec: a first since 1960. Observing conditions look promising – so join us!

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium team and the volunteer members of the Société d’astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal will be welcoming observers in front of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The activity is free. In case of unfavorable weather conditions (entirely overcast sky, low ceiling, rain), the observation may be temporarily suspended or cancelled, depending on circumstances.

Please note that no shows will be offered at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, which is currently closed on Mondays.

IMPORTANT WARNING– ATTENTION! CAUTION!

The Sun should never be looked at directly, unless a specially designed solar filter is placed in front of the eyes: otherwise there is a risk of permanently burning the retina of the eye.

Consult our website for more information about the phenomenon and advice on safe observation.

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