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May 7–8, 2049 Mercury Transit

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2049 Mercury Transit Animation

This is how the 2049 Mercury Transit looks close to the center of the area where it is visible. Note: The location is in the Northern Hemisphere. The transit path can vary depending on your location. The curvature of the planet's path is due to the Earth's rotation.

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Where to See the Transit

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Where to See the 2049 Mercury Transit

Regions seeing at least some parts of the transit: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.

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Is this transit visible in Washington DC?

Who Can See the Transit

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Astronomical Twilight (Sun is 12 - 18 degrees below the horizon)

Nautical Twilight (Sun is 6 - 12 degrees below the horizon)

Civil Twilight (Sun is 0 - 6 degrees below the horizon)


Entire transit visible

Parts of transit visible (Sun rises or sets during transit)

Transit not visible

When the 2049 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.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial transit beginMay 7 at 11:01:43May 7 at 7:01:43 am
Geocentric** partial transit begins (ingress, exterior contact)May 7 at 11:03:46May 7 at 7:03:46 am
First location to see the full transit beginMay 7 at 11:05:15May 7 at 7:05:15 am
Geocentric** full transit begins (ingress, interior contact)May 7 at 11:07:19May 7 at 7:07:19 am
Mercury is closest to the Sun's centerMay 7 at 14:24:28May 7 at 10:24:28 am
Geocentric** full transit ends (egress, interior contact)May 7 at 17:41:30May 7 at 1:41:30 pm
Last location to see full transit endMay 7 at 17:43:35May 7 at 1:43:35 pm
Geocentric** transit ends (egress, exterior contact)May 7 at 17:45:03May 7 at 1:45:03 pm
Last location to see partial transit endMay 7 at 17:47:07May 7 at 1:47:07 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 transit via a live webcam. See the actual times the transit is visible in Washington DC.

** 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 6 hours, 41 minutes, 17 seconds.

Transits and eclipses visible in Washington DC

Previous Mercury Transit was on Nov 7, 2039.

Next Mercury Transit will be on Nov 8 – Nov 9, 2052

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds