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Nearest Sun's center in Fort Smith
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8:57 AM

Global Type: Mercury Transit


Fort Smith: Mercury Transit


Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 5:12 AM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 8:57 AM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 12:41 PM


Duration: 7 hours, 29 minutes

Location

May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Fort Smith

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
5:12 AM May 98:57 AM May 912:41 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Fort Smith on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Fort SmithDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 5:12:53 AM53°Northeast0.6°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
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 Northeast for the best view of the transit.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 5:16:06 AM54°Northeast0.9°
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.
Sun close to horizon, recommend going to a high point.
Nearest Sun's centerMay 9 at 8:57:41 AM101°East-southeast26.8°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Fort Smith.
Full Transit endsMay 9 at 12:38:25 PM164°South-southeast46.8°
Mercury is starting to leave the Sun's edge. The black drop effect may again be visible.
Partial Transit endsMay 9 at 12:41:37 PM165°South-southeast46.9°
Mercury leaves the Sun's edge and concludes the transit.
Times are local for Fort Smith (MDT – Mountain Daylight Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Fort Smith

Eclipse Visibility From Fort SmithVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
Transit
2017Feb 10LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2017Aug 21SolarPartial
Total
2018Jan 31LunarTotal
Total
2019Jan 20 / Jan 21LunarTotal
Total
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