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Nearest Sun's center in Diego Garcia
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:59 PM

Global Type: Mercury Transit


Diego Garcia: Mercury Transit


Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 6:59 PM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM


Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Location

May 9, 2016 – May 10, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Diego Garcia

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
5:10 PM May 96:59 PM May 97:00 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Diego Garcia on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Diego GarciaDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 5:10:45 PM293°West-northwest24.9°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 5:13:56 PM293°West-northwest24.2°
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 6:59:28 PM288°West-northwest0.1°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Diego Garcia.
Since the Sun is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to West-northwest for the best view of the transit.
Transit ongoing during sunsetMay 9 at 7:00:35 PM288°West-northwest0.1° below
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunset in Diego Garcia.
Since the Sun is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to West-northwest for the best view of the transit.
Times are local for Diego Garcia (IOT – Indian Chagos Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Diego Garcia

Eclipse Visibility From Diego GarciaVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
Transit
2016Sep 1SolarPartial
Annular
2016Sep 16 / Sep 17LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2017Feb 11LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2017Aug 7 / Aug 8LunarPartial
Partial
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