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Nearest Sun's center in Fort-de-France
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Global Type: Mercury Transit

Fort-de-France: Mercury Transit

Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 7:13 AM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Duration: 7 hours, 28 minutes


May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Fort-de-France

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
7:13 AM May 910:58 AM May 92:41 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Fort-de-France on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Fort-de-FranceDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 7:13:58 AM77°East-northeast21.5°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 7:17:10 AM77°East-northeast22.3°
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 10:58:09 AM77°East-northeast74.7°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Fort-de-France.
Full Transit endsMay 9 at 2:38:23 PM280°West52.1°
Mercury is starting to leave the Sun's edge. The black drop effect may again be visible.
Partial Transit endsMay 9 at 2:41:34 PM280°West51.3°
Mercury leaves the Sun's edge and concludes the transit.
Times are local for Fort-de-France (AST – Atlantic Standard Time).

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Fort-de-France

Eclipse Visibility From Fort-de-FranceVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
2017Feb 10LunarPenumbral
2017Aug 21SolarPartial
2019Jan 20 / Jan 21LunarTotal
2019Jul 16LunarPartial
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