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November 14, 2078 Mercury Transit

Is this Mercury Transit visible in Washington DC?

2078 Mercury Transit Animation

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Where to See the Transit

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Where to See the 2078 Mercury Transit

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

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Is this transit visible in Washington DC?

Who Could See the Transit

Solar Eclipse Path

Transit is visible.

Transit is not visible.

Shades of darkness


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).


When the 2078 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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial transit beginNov 14 at 11:41:25Nov 14 at 6:41:25 am
Geocentric** partial transit begins (ingress, exterior contact)Nov 14 at 11:42:23Nov 14 at 6:42:23 am
First location to see the full transit beginNov 14 at 11:43:45Nov 14 at 6:43:45 am
Geocentric** full transit begins (ingress, interior contact)Nov 14 at 11:44:43Nov 14 at 6:44:43 am
Mercury is closest to the Sun's centerNov 14 at 13:41:02Nov 14 at 8:41:02 am
Geocentric** full transit ends (egress, interior contact)Nov 14 at 15:37:24Nov 14 at 10:37:24 am
Last location to see full transit endNov 14 at 15:38:21Nov 14 at 10:38:21 am
Geocentric** transit ends (egress, exterior contact)Nov 14 at 15:39:44Nov 14 at 10:39:44 am
Last location to see partial transit endNov 14 at 15:40:41Nov 14 at 10:40:41 am

* 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 3 hours, 57 minutes, 21 seconds.

Transits and eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Mercury Transit will be on Nov 7, 2085.

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