Public Invitation from BCTC to Watch Mercury's Passing Between the Earth and Sun

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2016) For the first time in 10 years, the planet Mercury will be passing between the Earth and the sun. Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will be hosting a viewing party to experience this rarity. The viewing will take place at BCTC's Newtown Campus at 500 Newtown Pike, Lexington, in the grassy field located behind the Administration Building.

Weather permitting, between 10:00 a.m. and noon, the BCTC Physics and Astronomy department will have a few telescopes set up that are designed specifically to look at the sun. Please check the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Facebook and Twitter pages on Monday morning for any updates regarding weather conditions. The viewing is free and open to the public.

For more information about the viewing, please contact Valdis Zeps, physics professor, at 859-246-6450 or email at

If you would like to learn more about Mercurys movement, please go to this link: