What does the future bring? (http://www3.mira.be/mercurius-en/future.html)

Transits of Mercury and Venus

As stated before, Mercury transits the Sun about twelve times each century. The previous transit was on November 15th 1999, and the next transit after the current one will take place on November 9th 2006. The table below shows all 14 transits of the 21st century, not all of which are visible in Belgium...

14 Mercury transits in the 21st century

Date Visible in...
May 7th 2003 Eurasia, Africa, Western Australia, Indian Ocean
November 8th 2006 US, Western South America, Pacific Ocean, Australia
May 9th 2016 Europe, Africa, Atlantic Ocean, America
November 11th 2019 Western Europe, Africa, Atlantic Ocean, US, South America
November 13th 2032 Western Australia, Western Asia, Europe, Africa, Atlantic Ocean
November 7th 2039 Western Australia, Western Asia, Europe, Africa, Atlantic Ocean
May 7th 2049 Europe, Africa, Atlantic Oceaan, America
November 9th 2052 Pacific Ocean, Australia, East-Asia
May 10th 2062 North and Central America, Pacific Ocean, Eastern Australia, Northeast Asia
November 11th 2065 America, Pacific Ocean, Eastern Australia
November 14th 2078 Europe, Africa, Atlantic Ocean, South America, Northeast America
November 7th 2085 Europe, Africa, Atlantic Ocean, South America, Northeast America
May 8th 2095 America, Pacific Ocean, Eastern Australia
November 10th 2098 Australia, Asia, Indian Ocean, Europe, Africa

Venus transits are a lot rarer... the 21st century only has two, but luckily, both will occur in the next 10 years. The next table shows the Venus transits in the 21st and 22nd century.

4 Venus transits in the next two centuries

Date Visible in...
June 8th 2004 Eurasia, Greenland, Africa, Western Australia
June 5th 2012 Asia, Australia, Northwestern US, Canada, Alaska
December 10th 2117 Australia, Southeast Asia, Antarctica
December 8th 2125 US, South America, Western Australia, Spain

Solar Eclipses

Of course, another type of transit also occurs: the "ordinary" solar eclipse has the Moon transiting the Sun, but in a far more obvious and spectacular manner. Maybe yoy remember the total solar eclipse of August 11th 1999, which was also visible in the south of Belgium An elaborate site concerning these and other events is maintained by Fred Espenak.


The total solar eclipse of August 11th 1999,
image taken using a regular 300mm telephote lens, from Kiskoros, Hungary