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The Mercury Transit of 2019: The Best Photos from Twitter, Instagram and More

Hey, space fans! The Mercury transit of 2019 (opens in new tab) is finally upon us and after months of waiting, it's time for the skywatching event of the year. This rare event won't occur again until 2032!

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Today, for 5.5 hours, the planet Mercury will cross the face of the sun as seen from Earth in what scientists call a transit. The event begins at 7:34 a.m. EST (1534 GMT) and will end at 1:04 p.m. EDT (1804 GMT). 

You can watch the entire event from start to finish at Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.com, and we'll be showcasing the best images from social media below. So scroll down and enjoy the amazing photos of the 2019 transit of Mercury. We'll be updating this throughout the transit, so check back for more!

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Editor's note: Visit Space.com on Monday to see live webcast views of the rare Mercury transit from Earth and space, and for complete coverage of the celestial event. If you SAFELY capture a photo of the transit of Mercury and would like to share it with Space.com and our news partners for a story or gallery, you can send images and comments in to managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.comFollow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook

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Tariq Malik
Editor-in-Chief

Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of Space.com and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became Space.com's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter.