Mercury Rising – Stargazing Party

The Reserve Marine Parade

Event info
Date: Monday November 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 pm
Location: The Reserve Marine Parade
Address: Cooks Beach, The Coromandel

Mercury’s transit will already be in progress as the sun rises over Mercury Bay on 12 November, so who’s going to stay up all night to celebrate?

Come to Marine Parade at Cook’s Beach for a Star-Gazing party where there will be telescopes and the Otago Museum science communicators to help you observe and photograph amazing stars, constellations, and deep space objects visible over New Zealand.

Then, once the sun comes up, there will be 10 solar telescopes available which will allow you to safely view Mercury transiting the sun! Join for some fun and astronomy!

This event is part of the Tuia 250 Encounters programme.

As the sun rises over New Zealand on 12 November 2019 a rare transit of Mercury across the Sun will be in progress. 250 years and 2 days earlier Astronomer Charles Green and Captain James Cook observed a similar transit, alone, from Te Whanganui o Hei/Mercury Bay. Join us across New Zealand to celebrate the transit together this year.


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