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Nearest Sun's center in Grand Prairie
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Global Type: Mercury Transit

Grand Prairie: Mercury Transit

Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 6:35 AM

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

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Duration: 7 hours, 6 minutes


May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Grand Prairie

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
6:35 AM May 99:58 AM May 91:41 PM May 9
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Local times for transit in Grand Prairie on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Grand PrairieDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Transit ongoing during sunriseMay 9 at 6:35:36 AM69°East-northeast0.2°
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunrise in Grand Prairie.
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 East-northeast for the best view of the transit.
Nearest Sun's centerMay 9 at 9:58:26 AM95°East41.5°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Grand Prairie.
Full Transit endsMay 9 at 1:38:47 PM193°South-southwest74.5°
Mercury is starting to leave the Sun's edge. Watch out for the black drop effect, an optical illusion seemingly connecting Mercury's disc to the Sun's edge.
Partial Transit endsMay 9 at 1:41:58 PM196°South-southwest74.4°
Mercury leaves the Sun's edge and concludes the transit.
Times are local for Grand Prairie (CDT – Central Daylight Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Grand Prairie

Eclipse Visibility From Grand PrairieVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
2017Feb 10LunarPenumbral
2017Aug 21SolarPartial
2018Jan 31LunarTotal
2019Jan 20 / Jan 21LunarTotal
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