astronomy

Transit Mercury


Transit Mercury Positions


Planet Transit From Transit To Transit Date Transit Time


What is Mercury Transit?


Mankind has always been fascinated by innumerous mysteries of the Universe. Making progress gradually, a lot of its mysteries have phenomenon have been unearthed by man but a great deal is still left unexplained. One such fascinating phenomenon is the transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun.

What is it?
The transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun occurs when Mercury crosses passes between the Sun and another superior planet. This passage makes it visible against the Sun’s surface. It appears as a tiny dot black in color moving across the solar disk.

What is the pattern?
The transit of Mercury is more frequent when compared to those of Venus because the planet Mercury being closer to the Sun orbits it rapidly. The occurrence of the transit is 13 to 14 times in every century.

These transits generally occur in November or May. The last 4 transits happened in the year 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2016. The next transits will happen in the year 2019 and then in the year 2032. The period of duration is seven hours.

Partial Transits:
Sometimes a partial transit occurs in which Mercury only grazes the solar disk while transiting. This happens in two possible scenarios:

• Sometimes, at mid-transit the surface of Mercury is seen as fully entered the solar disk from some parts of the world, while it is seen as only partially entered the solar disk from some other parts of the world. One such occurrence happened in the year 1999 when most of the world saw the phenomenon as a full transit while Australia, Antarctica and New Zealand observed it as a partial transit. A similar transition had also occurred in the year 743 and another such transit will be observed in the year 2391.
• Sometimes, during mid-transit while the Mercury appears to have partially entered the solar disk as observed from some parts of the world, the other parts observe it as completely missing the Sun. One such transit occurred in the year 1937 where the partial transit was seen from Southern Asia and Southern Africa and no transit was observed from Northern Asia and Europe. It is impossible that during mid-transit, Mercury completely enters the Sun as observed from some parts of the Sun and from others it is observed as no transit.

Astrological significance of transit of Mercury:
Planet Mercury is considered as a significator of commerce, intelligence, contracts, documents, business, research, publishing, writing, nervous system and nerves and communication. According to Astrology, if the planet Mercury is in a strong position in the person’s horoscope, a transit of Mercury will be deemed as retrograde. It will provide positive benefits only. But if, Mercury holds a weak position in the horoscope, it will bring negative results.

Only Venus and Mercury can be seen in transit from the Earth as only these two planets orbit inside the Earth’s orbit. Because of its tiny size, it can be seen only by using binoculars or telescope sporting a Sun Filter on it.