There is a symmetry to this nice numeral that makes it feel fateful. Fun, even.

But this year – on 11-11-19 – for the second time in recent years, Mercury will make a rare pass in front of the sun.

11:11 Mercury 

According to NASA, “Mercury passes between earth and the sun about 13 times a century.

On 11:11, Mercury will appear as a black dot across the the face of the sun, and stargazers will be able to see it with the help of a telescope and solar filters.

The last trek took place in 2016, and for the first time in 10 years, the small planet was visible from earth. 

In 2019, on 11:11, the transit of Mercury in front on the sun will begin at 7:34 a.m. ET and last around 5 1/2 hours.“

Suggestions: Allow extra time to do whatever you need to do that day. 11:11 is happening during Mercury Retrograde, so double check your backup device or icloud. As long as things are functioning properly (and you were able to postpone communicating with that certain somebody who often misunderstands you), you should be in good shape.

Witness consciousness is a powerful practice.

Can you carve out time to watch?

Be the witness.

Watch the black dot as it crosses the sun. Enjoy its rarity. Witness the wonderment.

See you out there, stargazers.


Remember to use a telescope and solar filters.

Image: Julius Drost on Unsplash