2019 Transit of Mercury


Date: November 11, 2019

Time: Morning and early afternoon

Location: Coast-to-coast


On November 11, 2019, Mercury will be passing between the Earth and the Sun. From our view here on Earth, that means we'll see a little black spot slowly crossing the disc of the Sun. However, because Mercury is so small, you won't be able to see it just with solar-filtered eclipse glasses.


You know how you're never supposed to look at the Sun because it'll blind you? That goes doubly for looking at the Sun through any magnifying device, like binoculars or a telescope. However, some binos and scopes have filters on the front that block out enough sunlight that you can safely look through them. If you're going to observe the transit, make sure that you are using solar-filtered binoculars or telescopes, not just any old telescope!


Because of the slight difference in the orbits of Mercury and the Earth, Mercury transits only happen about 13 times per century. The next one isn't until 2032, so you'll want to see this one! Find local RASC events below where RASC members will have solar-filtered telescopes set up so you can see the tiny dot of Mercury traversing the Sun.


Please note that many events below will be weather-dependent. Events may not be run if the weather is cloudy.



Download a handout on the transit here!


 


Transit of Mercury Event Listing



Calgary, AB


Calgary Centre


Location: 2 locations! Ralph Klein Park and Nose Hill Park


Time: 7:04 - 11:04am


Click here for more information.


 


Guelph, ON


Kitchener-Waterloo Centre


Location: 2 locations! Johnson Green at Guelph University and Centennial Arboretum Centre at the Guelph Arboretum


Time: 11am - 1pm


 


Kitchener, ON


Kitchener-Waterloo Centre


Location: Carl Zehr Square (Kitchener City Hall)


Time: 8am - 1pm


Observing will be hosted by Kitchener-Waterloo Centre member Jim Goetz.


 


London, ON


Location: Hume Cronyn Memorial  Observatory


Time: 7:30 am - 1:30 pm


More info can be found here:


As well as via our Facebook event


 


Mississauga, ON


Mississauga Centre


Location: Riverwood Conservation Area


Time: 9am - 1pm


Click here for more information.


 


Montreal, QC


Montreal Centre


Location: John Abbott College Oval


Time: 7:30am - 1pm


Click here for more information.


 


Ottawa, ON


Ottawa Centre


Location: City Hall Plaza


Time: TBA


Check back soon for more information.


 


Regina, SK


Regina Centre


Location: Wascana Hill in Douglas Park


When: November 11, 2019 8:05 a.m.  – 12:04 p.m.


More info can be found here.


 


Saskatoon, SK


Saskatoon Centre


Location: 2 locations! Riverlanding west of the Traffic Bridge, and University of Saskatchewan Observatory


Time: 9am - 12pm


Click here for more information.


 


St Catharine's, ON


Niagara Centre


Location: S.C.V.F.A Park (Fireman's Park)


Time: 6am - 2pm


Click here for more information.


 


St John's, NL


St John's Centre


Location: Signal Hill Parking Lot


Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm


Click here for more information.


 


Sunshine Coast, BC


Sunshine Coast Centre


Location: Roberts Creek Pier


Time: 7am - undetermined


Click here for more information.


 


Thunder Bay, ON


Thunder Bay Centre


Location: Terry Fox Monument


Time: Sunrise


This event will be very casual.


 


Waterloo, ON


Kitchener-Waterloo Centre


Location: Waterloo Public Square


Time: 10am - 1pm


 


Waterloo, ON


Kitchener-Waterloo Centre


Location: Gustov Bakos Observatory (University of Waterloo)


Time: TBD


Observation will be done with the Observatory's telescope.


 


https://rasc.ca/sites/default/files/arimages/MercuryTransit1940.jpg


November 11, 1940: RASC Victoria members set up solar-filtered telescopes to observe the Transit of Mercury

 

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Last modified: 
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 12:38am