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Mercury Rising Speaking Tour


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Expert Talk

On 9 November, 1769, Captain James Cook and astronomer Charles Green observed the transit of Mercury across the Sun from Te Whanganui o Hei (Mercury Bay). Cook’s landing in Aotearoa remains surrounded in controversy and sorrow for many iwi. The Mercury Rising project provides a platform for the deep astronomical knowledge of Māori alongside the modern understanding of astrophysics, all within the context of Mercury’s transit as viewed from New Zealand’s shores.

Otago Museum, with Tuia 250 and the Mercury Bay Museum, will bring people together for this transit, to wonder at the solar system, and to share from each other’s astronomical expertise.

Join us for the Dunedin leg of our expert speaker talks, and hear from a variety of astronomers. Following the talks, learn how to use a solar telescope on the Museum Reserve with the Dunedin Astronomical Society and Otago Museum science communicators.

Photo © Philipp Salzgeber (CC BY-SA 2.0 AT)

6.30pm–8pm (doors open 6pm), Tuesday 5 November
Hutton Theatre