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Nearest Sun's center in Port-Gentil
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Global Type: Mercury Transit

Port-Gentil: Mercury Transit

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

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Duration: 6 hours, 10 minutes


May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Port-Gentil

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
12:12 PM May 93:56 PM May 96:22 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Port-Gentil on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Port-GentilDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 12:12:27 PMNorth71.6°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 12:15:37 PMNorth71.7°
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 3:56:19 PM292°West-northwest34.1°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Port-Gentil.
Transit ongoing during sunsetMay 9 at 6:22:17 PM288°West-northwest0.1°
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunset in Port-Gentil.
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 Port-Gentil (WAT – West Africa Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Port-Gentil

Eclipse Visibility From Port-GentilVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
2016Sep 1SolarPartial
2016Sep 16LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 10 / Feb 11LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 26SolarPartial
Note: Click on the date link for details in Port-Gentil, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown transit is highlighted.

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