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The RIT Observatory

See the transit of Mercury on May 9, 2016!

On May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will pass in front of the Sun, creating a tiny black spot on the Sun's disk. This sort of celestial alignment only happens once every decade or so -- the last one was in 2006, and there will only be one more between 2016 and 2032. So, take advantage of this opportunity.

The RIT Observatory will be open for visitors to see this slow and gradual event, starting at 8 AM and continuing until 3 PM. Since the transit takes so long, we recommend that you come for just a brief view, but you're welcome to stay for the entire event if you like.

Warning: looking at the Sun directly can cause severe eye damage. We will have special filters and devices to help you see the event safely.

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Last modified 4/26/2016 by MWR