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Transit of Mercury Nov 11, 2019
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Transit of Mercury
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science


Nov 11 2019 - 7:00am to 11:00am


Sandia Deck

There’s a little black spot on the sun today, and it won’t be there again for 13 more years!  The planet Mercury will be passing in front of the sun as seen from the Earth at dawn on the morning of November 11, 2019.  This event is not visible without special solar-filtered telescopes, and those will be provided by the museum and The Albuquerque Astronomical Society on the Sandia Deck, which has an unobstructed view of the Sandias and the sunrise.  The museum’s front doors will open at 7 a.m. for a quick trip upstairs to see this rare astronomical event for free.  At 9 a.m., the entire museum will open and normal admission will be charged for entrance.  The transit will end at approximately 11 a.m.  If the sky is cloudy that morning, the museum will not be accessible until 9 a.m., and live streams of the transit from other locations in the world will be available.  

See an animation of what the transit will look like from Albuquerque here: timeanddate.com

Price: Free until 9 a.m.; Normal Museum Admission after 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Andrea Jacquin at 505-206-9144 , andrea.jacquin@state.nm.us

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