Mercury Transit 9th May 2016

Mercury Transit 9th May 2016

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On Monday 9th May the planet Mercury moved across the face of the Sun, its best transit of the 21st century as viewed from Ireland. Some 500+ people saw the event through our filtered telescopes at an event run jointly with the Astrophysics ReserchCentre at Queens' University, Belfast. The weather co-operated apart from some patches of thin cloud during the course of the afternoon - nothing show-stopping! As the Transit ended at 19:43 we adjourned to the Larmor Theatre for an excellent talk - Professor Patrick Brady gave the Michael West Lecture entitled Einstein's Gravity: from the transit of Mercury to the detection of gravitational waves. More than 110 people attended this captivating lecture on probably the hottest topic in astronomy at the moment. Al in all, an excellent day!