Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Highland Road Park Observatory Hosts Transit of Mercury Viewing

BREC's Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO), 13800 Highland Road, invites you to take part in the Transit of Mercury viewing event on Monday, May 9 from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

On May 9, for the first time in 10 years, the disk of Mercury will traverse the disk of the Sun. A "transit" is the phenomenon of viewing a smaller body crossing in front of a larger one. HRPO will be open, weather permitting, for the duration of this transit event with several telescopes (at least six) in operation on the grounds for public viewing. It will not be visible to the unaided eye - at least 30x magnification is needed to easily see the phenomenon.

A word of caution: Viewing a transit across the Sun can be dangerous for one's eyesight if not performed correctly. The BRAS Forum thread lists a number of safe ways to view the transit (and to view the Sun in general). Do not use sunglasses, do not attempt to use your hand to cover a portion of the Sun, and do not attempt to "glance quickly" in the direction of the Sun.

This event is open to all ages and free to the public.
For more information, call the observatory at 225-768-9948 or visit

HRPO is sponsored by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.


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