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Nearest Sun's center in Ponta Delgada
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Global Type: Mercury Transit

Ponta Delgada: Mercury Transit

Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Duration: 7 hours, 28 minutes


May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Ponta Delgada

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
11:13 AM May 92:56 PM May 96:40 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Ponta Delgada on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Ponta DelgadaDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 11:13:05 AM112°East-southeast52.2°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 11:16:17 AM113°East-southeast52.8°
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 2:56:53 PM226°Southwest63.6°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Ponta Delgada.
Full Transit endsMay 9 at 6:37:31 PM275°West22.7°
Mercury is starting to leave the Sun's edge. The black drop effect may again be visible.
Partial Transit endsMay 9 at 6:40:42 PM276°West22.1°
Mercury leaves the Sun's edge and concludes the transit.
Times are local for Ponta Delgada (AZOST – Azores Summer Time).

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Ponta Delgada

Eclipse Visibility From Ponta DelgadaVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
2016Sep 16LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 10 / Feb 11LunarPenumbral
2017Aug 21SolarPartial
2018Jul 27LunarTotal
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