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Nearest Sun's center in Palo Alto
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Global Type: Mercury Transit


Palo Alto: Mercury Transit


Begins: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 6:06 AM

Midpoint: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Ends: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 11:42 AM


Duration: 5 hours, 36 minutes

Location

May 9, 2016 — Mercury Transit — Palo Alto

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Phases and Local Times of This Transit

StartNearest Sun's centerEnd
6:06 AM May 97:58 AM May 911:42 AM May 9
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Local times for transit in Palo Alto on Monday, May 9, 2016

EventTime in Palo AltoDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Transit ongoing during sunriseMay 9 at 6:06:39 AM67°East-northeast0.1°
Mercury Transit is already ongoing during sunrise in Palo Alto.
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 7:58:25 AM83°East21.0°
Mercury is closest to the center of the Sun as seen from Palo Alto.
Full Transit endsMay 9 at 11:39:06 AM131°Southeast62.6°
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 11:42:18 AM132°Southeast63.1°
Mercury leaves the Sun's edge and concludes the transit.
Times are local for Palo Alto (PDT – Pacific Daylight Time).

Some of the transit is very close to the horizon.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Palo Alto

Eclipse Visibility From Palo AltoVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2016May 9MercuryTransit
Transit
2017Feb 10LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2017Aug 21SolarPartial
Total
2018Jan 31LunarTotal
Total
2019Jan 20LunarTotal
Total
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