A rare celestial event will take place on Monday: The planet Mercury will pass in front of the sun.

A transit of mercury is when the planet passes between the earth and the sun, becoming visible during the daytime. Transits of Mercury only happen 13 times a century, and not all of them are visible from all parts of the world.

“If we can get breaks in the clouds, we’re going to see a little tiny round shadow of the planet Mercury cross the observable face of the sun," says Harold Henderson, director of the Lake Afton Public Observatory.

Kansas State University researchers are working on a spacesuit that could monitor astronauts' health and use body heat to power electronics.

A team of students and professors are working with a model space suit.

It's made of several layers of material, including metalized fabrics, to model the layers in suits that protect astronauts and keep them warm.

University researchers say batteries are too dangerous to place in a spacesuit's oxygen-rich environment, so the team is developing new energy harvesting methods to gather energy.

Courtesy / Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will debut a motion flight simulator this week that comes with a choice of six themed rides.

The pod-like machine is called the "naviGATOR." Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and said her choice was inspired from the movie "Flight of the Navigator."

It will give visitors the experience of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Blue Angels or they can choose to take part in another flight option.

It's Your First And Last Chance To See This Comet

Mar 12, 2013
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A comet named Pan-STARRS is visiting our part of the solar system and will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere for a couple of weeks.

The comet was discovered in June 2011 by a team of observers in Hawaii while doing a routine sweep of the sky and they named the comet after the telescope they were using.

Greg Novacek, director of the Lake Afton Observatory, says hopeful observers should look west.

"They’ll see the very think crescent moon just slightly south of due west," says Novacke. "And the comet will be just slightly to the south of the crescent moon.”