Editor’s note: The author, Shannon Schmoll, PhD, is Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium. The photograph above is of SunSpotter in use showing an image of the sun.
When people think of astronomy, they often think of the stars and planets in the darkness of night. However, we have a rare treat of a daytime astronomical event coming up. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will transit in front of the sun. Weather permitting, East Lansing residents will be able to observe the phenomenon as explained below.