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Department of Chemistry and Physics
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910.521.6247
Fax:
910.521.6638
Email:
chem_phy@uncp.edu

Location: Oxendine Science Building, Room 3101
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observatory

The Observatory is located behind the Oxendine Science Building and next to Moore Hall.

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Transit of Mercury

During the transit, Mercury's tiny disk—jet black and perfectly round—will glide slowly across the face of the Sun. Only a speck of the Sun's surface is actually covered, so the Sun remains as dangerous as ever to look at. But with a proper filter and a little imagination, the Transit of Mercury can be a marvelous experience.

There are many ways to safely observe the Sun, e.g., through eclipse glasses or by means of a pinhole projector. In this case, nothing beats a telescope equipped with a sun-safe H-alpha filter. H-alpha filters are narrowly tuned to the red glow of solar hydrogen. They reveal the Sun as a boiling inferno, cross-crossed by dark magnetic filaments and peppered with sunspots. Warning: The sight of Mercury navigating this starscape could be mind blowing.

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/20oct_transitofmercury.htm

Mercury Orbiting Sun

Image credit: Larry Koehn

Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010

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