Mercury Transit Viewed by Students on the Quad
Students passing through the quad on Monday, May 9, got a surprise chance to see the planet Mercury pass by the sun. The rare occurrence is visible only 13 times a century, and can only be observed with special telescope filters. Sam Sampere, an instructional lab manager in the physics department, was on hand to guide whoever wanted to take peek at the planet, as the early afternoon clouds quickly moved out of the way. Mercury will pass through the sun’s path again in the fall of 2019, hopefully bringing good luck to the graduating class of 2020.