|Sacred Heart Students Observing the Mercury Transit|
Photo by Joe Masi
A little after 9:00 am, Mr. Masi returned to the observatory with his first class. As the students in groups of 2 or 3 took turns viewing the Mercury transit upstairs at the telescope, the rest of the class below learned about the event taking place with a display set up by Insight Observatory on the first floor. The science teachers were discussing what was actually transpiring as well by using the display as an aide. While Mr. Masi's first class was enjoying the event, he suggested that the students image the transit on their smartphones. Some of the students attempted this throughout the day (as I did myself). However, it was very painstaking trying to hold the device steady enough to get an image in decent focus. A student from the first class, Nolan D., had the most successful image of the day. The morning classes that visited the observatory were treated to excellent views of the transit as the sky completely cleared up. However, the students that stopped by during their lunch period were challenged by fast-moving clouds. As they patiently waited, they were able to get a quick glimpse.
|Mercury Transit at 9:15 am EDT - Image by Nolan D.|
Special thanks to Frank Lopez of the Stellarvision Astronomy and Science Shop located in Tuscon, Arizona for his prompt delivery of the AstroZap Solar Filter allowing us to observe this special event.