The student astronomy group of the IASBS, Heliya organized a workshop about the transit of Mercury with the collaboration of the Avastar group, Tehran on 11 Nov. 2019. Concurrent with this rare astronomical event, the observatory of the IASBS has reopened after a long shut down, under the superposition of Encieh Erfani, assistant professor of Physics department.
In the workshop with the participants from high school students of Zanjan city, the following topics were covered:
Transit of inner Planets and our Knowledge by Encieh Erfani
Solar observation and required equipment by Asadollah Ghamarinezhad (well-known amateur astronomer of Zanjan)
At the end of the workshop, the partial transit of Mercury has observed with the 10-inch Mead telescope of the university from 16:06 (local time) till the sunset at 17:09.
Also, the detailed report about the past activities of the observatory and the process of reopening has presented by Dr. Encieh Erfani, head of the observatory.
It is worth to mention that the transit of Mercury is a rare event since the Mercury and the Earth do not orbit in the same surface. Transits of Mercury occur in May or November and the next transit will occur in November 2032.
The recorded transit at the IASBS was the best one in Iran and the report of the transit was broadcasted in the “Rahnemaye Mosaferan Kahkeshan” program of channel 4 on Friday, Nov. 15.
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