The 2019 Transit of Mercury – Mercury Transit The Sun on November 11. Don’t Miss!

Mark your calendar: On Monday, Nov 11th, Mercury – the innermost planet of our solar system – will transit the sun (pass directly in front of the sun) on November 11, 2019. The rare transit begins at 12:35 UT (7:35 am EST) and lasts for almost six hours.

Mercury will pass directly in front of the sun and be visible through telescopes with solar filters as a small black dot crossing the sun’s face. It’ll be visible in part from most of Earth’s globe. The entire transit is visible from South America, eastern North America, and far-western Africa.

People in every continent except Australia can see at least a portion of the crossing. In the USA, the best place to be is on the Atlantic coast, where the entire transit is visible. On the Pacific coast the transit will already be in progress at sunrise.

Mercury’s tiny disk—jet black and perfectly round—will glide slowly across the face of the sun, as shown in this movie created by science-artist Larry Koehn of ShadowandSubstance.com

Do you Know? Transits of Mercury occur only 13 times each century. The next one won’t occur until Nov. 13, 2032. This is an unusual event, not to be missed, so stay tuned.

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