Omaha residents will have a unique opportunity to see the planet that’s closest to the sun on Monday, Nov. 11. Mercury will pass across the face of the sun.
Due to today's high winds, cloud cover and snow, a viewing event at Zorinsky Lake has been canceled; however, UNO students are welcome to visit Durham Science Center to see a live stream of the Mercury Transit. The stream should be available between 9 A.M. and 12:05 P.M.
The Mercury Transit takes place when the planet comes between the sun and the Earth. Mercury will appear as a small black dot.
UNO's Physics Department strongly encourages the public not to attempt to view this event on their own. Exposure to direct sunlight can cause severe eye damage and may result in permanent blindness. Please do not attempt to view this event with the naked eye. Do not look at the sun with any light magnifying device (telescope or binoculars) not being operated by an experienced astronomer.
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