Mercury Crossing

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By Ben Wolf
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The planet Mercury will shift in front of the sun a week from today.

On Friday a special presentation on the eclipse will be given at the VSU planetarium.

The eclipse will occur from just after two in the afternoon until sunset next Wednesday.

Experts say it should only be viewed through a telescope with a protective filter because it can damage the naked eye.

"In this case we have a very small planet moving across the disk of the sun and for science it's important for determining the relative size of the planet and sun and the distance of the earth to the sun," said astronomy professor Martha Leake.

Click on "As Seen on WCTV" for information on free tickets to the presentation.