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Nearest Sun's center in Ghent
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Global Type: Mercury Transit


Ghent: Mercury Transit


Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 8:40 PM


Duration: 7 hours, 28 minutes

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May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Ghent

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
1:12 PM May 94:56 PM May 98:40 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Ghent on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in GhentDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 1:12:20 PM167°South-southeast56.0°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 1:15:31 PM169°South56.1°
Mercury is fully within the Sun's edge. Watch out for the black drop effect, an optical illusion seemingly connecting Mercury's disc to the Sun's edge.
Nearest Sun's centerMay 9 at 4:56:14 PM247°West-southwest39.1°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Ghent.
Full Transit endsMay 9 at 8:37:21 PM292°West-northwest5.4°
Mercury is starting to leave the Sun's edge. The black drop effect may again be visible.
Sun close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-northwest.
Partial Transit endsMay 9 at 8:40:33 PM292°West-northwest4.9°
Mercury leaves the Sun's edge and concludes the transit.
Sun close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-northwest.
Times are local for Ghent (CEST – Central European Summer Time).

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Ghent

Eclipse Visibility From GhentVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
Transit
2016Sep 16LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2017Feb 10 / Feb 11LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2017Aug 7LunarPartial
Partial
2017Aug 21SolarPartial
Total
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