Transit of Mercury is on November 11, 2019

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Mercury Transit 11/8/2006 from NASA SOHO

Come to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center to witness the planet Mercury as it crosses in front of the Sun from our vantage point on planet Earth. Do not miss out! The next opportunity to witness this rare event is November 13, 2032!

2019 Transit Event Times in Aiken, SC (EST)

  1. 07:36- 1st Contact. Partial Transit Begins. Mercury first contacts the edge of the Sun
  2. 07:37- 2nd Contact. Full Transit Begins. Mercury is fully visible within the disk of the Sun
  3. 10:20- Center Point. Mercury is at the central point of the transit and closest to the center of the Sun
  4. 13:02- 3rd Contact. Full Transit Ends. Mercury contacts the edge of the Sun
  5. 13:04- 4th Contact. Partial Transit Ends. End of the Transit of Mercury.

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Infusing a Love for the Transit of Mercury

Did you know?!?

  • There are approximately 13 transits of Mercury each century.
  • Because of the orbits of Earth and Mercury, transits occur in May or November. Here are a few dates
  • May 7, 2003; November 8, 2006, May 9 2016; Nov 11, 2019; November 13, 2032
  • From Earth, the diameter of Mercury is 1/194 of the diameter of the Sun.
  • You must use a telescope with the ability to view the Sun safely. Improper viewing of a transit of Mercury can damage your eyes permanently!

Links to further information about the Transit of Mercury