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A transit of Mercury across the Sun as seen from Jupiter takes place when the planet Mercury passes directly between the Sun and Jupiter, obscuring a small part of the Sun's disc for an observer on Jupiter. During a transit, Mercury can be seen from Jupiter as a small black disc moving across the face of the Sun.

A transit could be observed from the surface of one of Jupiter's moons rather than from Jupiter itself. The times and circumstances of the transits would naturally be slightly different.

The Mercury-Jupiter synodic period is 89.792 days. It can be calculated using the formula 1/(1/P-1/Q), where P is the sidereal orbital period of Mercury (87.968435 days) and Q is the orbital period of Jupiter (4330.595 days).

The inclination of Mercury's orbit with respect to Jupiter's ecliptic is 6.29°, which is less than its value of 7.00° with respect to Earth's ecliptic.

Transits of Mercury from Jupiter
December 25, 2005 September 5, 2053
March 26, 2006 May 10, 2059
November 28, 2011 August 8, 2059
February 26, 2012 June 23, 2065
January 12, 2018 February 26, 2071
September 17, 2023 May 27, 2071
December 15, 2023 April 11, 2077
October 31, 2029 December 16, 2082
July 6, 2035 March 15, 2083
October 3, 2035 January 28, 2089
August 18, 2041 April 29, 2089
November 17, 2041 January 1, 2095
July 22, 2047 November 17, 2100
June 6, 2053


  • Albert Marth, Note on the Transit of the Planet Mars and its Satellites across the Sun’s disc, which will occur for the Planet Jupiter and its Satellites on April 13, 1886, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 46 (1886), 161–164. [1]

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