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​Mercury in Transit Celestial Event is November 11, 2019.

Bonaire is perfectly positioned for prime viewing of the next celestial event, a transit of Mercury between Earth and the Sun.  This will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019.

What does it mean to have Mercury in Transit?

A transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when the planet Mercury passes directly (transits) between the Sun and a superior planet, such as Earth, becoming visible against the solar disk. During a transit, Mercury appears as a tiny black dot moving across the disk of the Sun.

As with most celestial events, Mercury transits do not occur haphazardly, but they occur at 13-year and 33-year intervals, when both Mercury and the Earth return nearly simultaneously to the same points in their respective orbits.

A word of caution when viewing any solar event.

Best times for viewing Mercury in Transit.

8:36 AM (Bonaire Time).

Partial transit will begin when it appears that Mercury is hitting the sun’s edge.

8:37 AM (Bonaire Time).

Full transit begins when Mercury is fully within the Sun’s edge. Watch out for the black drop effect, an optical illusion seemingly connecting Mercury’s disc to the Sun’s edge.

11:20 AM (Bonaire Time).

Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Kralendijk.

2:02 PM (Bonaire Time).

Full transit ends and Mercury will start to leave the Sun’s edge. The black drop effect may again be visible.

2:04 PM (Bonaire Time).

Partial Transit ends as Mercury leaves the Sun’s edge and concludes the transit.

View the direction and altitude for each phase, along with an animation of what the transit will look like.

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(Source:  Wikipedia, Space.com, TimeAndDate.com)


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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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