November 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
2019 Mercury Transit Animation
The animation shows what the 2019 Mercury Transit will approximately look like from Earth.
Where to See the Transit
Try our new interactive eclipse maps. Zoom in and search for accurate eclipse times and visualizations for any location.
Mercury's path in front of the Sun is almost a horizontal line. However, throughout the day, the angle from which we observe the Sun from Earth, makes it look like it passes in a curve (see animation). Exactly how it looks, varies according to your location on Earth.
Where to See the 2019 Mercury Transit
Regions seeing at least some parts of the transit: South/West Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.
Who Could See the Transit
When the 2019 Mercury Transit Happens Worldwide — Timeline
Planet transits are normally visible from all locations where the Sun is up. However, because of different viewing angles, the start and end times can vary by a few minutes. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the transit is visible.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial transit begin||Nov 11 at 12:34:43||Nov 11 at 7:34:43 am|
|Geocentric** partial transit begins (ingress, exterior contact)||Nov 11 at 12:35:25||Nov 11 at 7:35:25 am|
|First location to see the full transit begin||Nov 11 at 12:36:24||Nov 11 at 7:36:24 am|
|Geocentric** full transit begins (ingress, interior contact)||Nov 11 at 12:37:06||Nov 11 at 7:37:06 am|
|Mercury is closest to the Sun's center||Nov 11 at 15:19:46||Nov 11 at 10:19:46 am|
|Geocentric** full transit ends (egress, interior contact)||Nov 11 at 18:02:31||Nov 11 at 1:02:31 pm|
|Last location to see full transit end||Nov 11 at 18:03:13||Nov 11 at 1:03:13 pm|
|Geocentric** transit ends (egress, exterior contact)||Nov 11 at 18:04:12||Nov 11 at 1:04:12 pm|
|Last location to see partial transit end||Nov 11 at 18:04:54||Nov 11 at 1:04:54 pm|
* These local times do not refer to a specific location but indicate the beginning, peak, and end of the eclipse on a global scale, each line referring to a different location. Please note that the local times for Washington DC are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there. Times should be accurate to a few seconds.
** The geocentric times refer to a theoretical situation where the transit is viewed from the Earth's center. They are used to provide an approximately average time schedule for astronomical events. Because of varying perspectives, observers on the Earth's surface will experience the transit at slightly different times depending on their location.
Geocentric duration of this Mercury Transit is 5 hours, 28 minutes, 47 seconds.
Countdown until transit begins354Days 18Hrs 24Mins 15Secs
Nov 11, 2019 at 12:34 UTC
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- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
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- Jul 27–28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit (this page)
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse