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Transit of Mercury is Heading Our Way!

Public Invited to View Passing of Mercury at GBC May 9

Mercury Transit graphic.Mercury will pass between the earth and the sun on Monday, May 9.

The public is invited to view this rare event in the amphitheater on the Elko Great Basin College campus located at 1500 College Parkway beginning at 8 a.m.

“Transits of Mercury occur about 13 times per century,” said GBC Math Instructor Gerry Pennington. “The last transit was 2006 and the next transit will occur in 2019.”

The transit will end at 11:45 a.m. A telescope will be used to project the image onto a 12-inch screen for everyone to easily see. Well over 100 people 2016 Transit of Mercury Photo by Ed Nickel.came to view the Transit of Venus at the college a few years ago.

Pennington teaches Continuing Education courses at GBC in astronomy. For upcoming continuing education courses, visit
For more information about the viewing, contact Gerry Pennington at

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Phone: (775) 753-2105

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