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Nearest Sun's center in Cape Town
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Global Type: Mercury Transit

Cape Town: Mercury Transit

Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Duration: 4 hours, 44 minutes


May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Cape Town

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
1:12 PM May 94:56 PM May 95:56 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Cape Town on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Cape TownDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Transit beginsMay 9 at 1:12:17 PM351°North38.1°
Mercury touches the Sun's edge.
Full Transit beginsMay 9 at 1:15:27 PM350°North38.0°
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 4:56:43 PM300°West-northwest10.7°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Cape Town.
Transit ongoing during sunsetMay 9 at 5:56:39 PM291°West-northwest0.0° below
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunset in Cape Town.
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 Cape Town (SAST – South Africa Standard Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Cape Town

Eclipse Visibility From Cape TownVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
2016Sep 1SolarPartial
2016Sep 16LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 11LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 26SolarPartial
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