King’s Lynn square to host planet observation event

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A West Norfolk stargazing organisation is inviting people to observe a rare astronomical event in the heart of Lynn next month.

The planet Mercury will cross the face of the sun next Monday, May 9.

And members of the King’s Lynn and District Astronomy Society are planning to set up a set of special solar telescopes in the Tuesday Market Place for people to observe the phenomenon.

The display will be in place from just before noon, when the planet first approaches the sun, until around 6pm, subject to suitable weather conditions.

As part of the display, organisers are planning to have two telescopes showing the scale of activity on the outer layers of the sun.

However, the group says visitors should not look directly at the sun, because of the risk of blindness.

For more information about the event, contact John Craythorne on 01945 701038.

Further details can also be found at the group’s website, www.westnorfolkastro.co.uk.