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Nearest Sun's center in Easter Island
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Global Type: Mercury Transit


Easter Island: Mercury Transit


Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:43 PM


Duration: 4 hours, 55 minutes

Location

May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Easter Island

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
8:48 AM May 99:59 AM May 91:43 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Easter Island on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Easter IslandDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Transit ongoing during sunriseMay 9 at 8:48:41 AM70°East-northeast0.1°
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunrise in Easter Island.
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 East-northeast for the best view of the transit.
Nearest Sun's centerMay 9 at 9:59:21 AM62°East-northeast13.9°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Easter Island.
Full Transit endsMay 9 at 1:40:19 PM11°North44.6°
Mercury is starting to leave the Sun's edge. Watch out for the black drop effect, an optical illusion seemingly connecting Mercury's disc to the Sun's edge.
Partial Transit endsMay 9 at 1:43:29 PM10°North44.7°
Mercury leaves the Sun's edge and concludes the transit.
Times are local for Easter Island (EASST – Easter Island Summer Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Easter Island

Eclipse Visibility From Easter IslandVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
Transit
2017Feb 26SolarPartial
Annular
2018Jan 31LunarPartial
Total
2019Jan 20 / Jan 21LunarTotal
Total
2019Jul 2SolarPartial
Total
Note: Click on the date link for details in Easter Island, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown transit is highlighted.

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