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November 7, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Old Main #0209 | Map
1227 Old Main
Detroit, MI 48208
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

While the first observation of the transit of Mercury across the sun occured in 1631, the significance of these observations has grown alongside our understanding of physics.  Most significantly, the transit of Mercury has become a significant data set that supports Einstein's theory of general relativity, showing that Newton's explanations of the natural world were incomplete.

Please join us at the planetarium where WSU Professor of Physics & Astronomy Dr. Peter Hoffmann will present "Long days, short years: The mysteries of Einstein's planet, Mercury" at 6pm on Thursday November 7th.

On November 11th, pending clouds, Michiganders will be able to view the transit of Mercury across the face of the sun with the aid of solar telescopes. The next transit of Mercury visible from Detroit will not occur until 2049.  Learn about the importance of this event and how to view Mercury with the Department of Physics & Astronomy on campus, or elsewhere in the region.

Science Under the Dome is a free public science lecture series at the WSU Planetarium, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Seating is limited so an RSVP is required.

For more information about this event, please contact Megan McCullen at 3135776455 or mccullen@wayne.edu.