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2006.11.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Transit of Mercury Event Nov. 8

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will have its planetarium and observatory open Wednesday, Nov. 8, so students, faculty, staff and the public can observe the transit of the planet Mercury live or via the Internet.  Both the observatory and planetarium are located in UNO's Durham Science Center.

"The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence," said David Kriegler, a UNO physics lecturer.  "From Earth, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible. There are approximately 13 transits of Mercury each century.  This is a rare event."

The observatory and planetarium will be open 1 - 4:30 p.m., and there is no cost to attend.  For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

  

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