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

Global Type: Mercury Transit

Bethlehem: 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 7:23 PM

Duration: 5 hours, 12 minutes


May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Bethlehem

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
2:11 PM May 95:55 PM May 97:23 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Bethlehem on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in BethlehemDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 2:11:36 PM243°West-southwest64.1°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 2:14:47 PM244°West-southwest63.5°
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 5:55:38 PM280°West17.5°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Bethlehem.
Transit ongoing during sunsetMay 9 at 7:23:07 PM291°West-northwest0.1°
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunset in Bethlehem.
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 Bethlehem (EEST – Eastern European Summer Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Bethlehem

Eclipse Visibility From BethlehemVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
2016Sep 16LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 11LunarPenumbral
2017Aug 7LunarPartial
2018Jul 27 / Jul 28LunarTotal
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