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Nearest Sun's center in Irbil
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Global Type: Mercury Transit

Irbil: Mercury Transit

Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes


May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Irbil

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
2:11 PM May 95:55 PM May 96:56 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Irbil on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in IrbilDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 2:11:25 PM246°West-southwest55.6°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 2:14:35 PM247°West-southwest55.0°
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 5:55:35 PM284°West-northwest11.3°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Irbil.
Transit ongoing during sunsetMay 9 at 6:56:36 PM292°West-northwest0.1°
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunset in Irbil.
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 Irbil (AST – Arabia Standard Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Irbil

Eclipse Visibility From IrbilVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
2016Sep 16LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 11LunarPenumbral
2017Aug 7LunarPartial
2018Jan 31LunarPartial
Note: Click on the date link for details in Irbil, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown transit is highlighted.

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