May 8–9, 1970 Mercury Transit
1970 Mercury Transit Animation
The animation shows what the 1970 Mercury Transit approximately looked like from Earth.
Where the Transit Was Seen
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Where the 1970 Mercury Transit Was Seen
Regions seeing at least some parts of the transit: Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.
Who Could See the Transit
When the 1970 Mercury Transit Happened Worldwide — Timeline
Planet transits are normally visible from all locations where the Sun is up. However, because of different viewing angles, the start and end times can vary by a few minutes. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the transit is visible.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Boston*|
|First location that saw the partial transit begin||May 9 at 04:17:34||May 9 at 12:17:34 am|
|Geocentric** partial transit began (ingress, exterior contact)||May 9 at 04:19:20||May 9 at 12:19:20 am|
|First location that saw the full transit begin||May 9 at 04:20:35||May 9 at 12:20:35 am|
|Geocentric** full transit began (ingress, interior contact)||May 9 at 04:22:22||May 9 at 12:22:22 am|
|Mercury was closest to the Sun's center||May 9 at 08:16:10||May 9 at 4:16:10 am|
|Geocentric** full transit ended (egress, interior contact)||May 9 at 12:09:49||May 9 at 8:09:49 am|
|Last location that saw full transit end||May 9 at 12:11:36||May 9 at 8:11:36 am|
|Geocentric** transit ended (egress, exterior contact)||May 9 at 12:12:51||May 9 at 8:12:51 am|
|Last location that saw partial transit end||May 9 at 12:14:38||May 9 at 8:14:38 am|
* These local times do not refer to a specific location but indicate the beginning, peak, and end of the eclipse on a global scale, each line referring to a different location. Please note that the local times for Boston are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there. Times should be accurate to a few seconds.
** The geocentric times refer to a theoretical situation where the transit is viewed from the Earth's center. They are used to provide an approximately average time schedule for astronomical events. Because of varying perspectives, observers on the Earth's surface will experience the transit at slightly different times depending on their location.
Geocentric duration of this Mercury Transit is 7 hours, 53 minutes, 31 seconds.
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Eclipses in 1970
- Feb 20–21, 1970 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Mar 7, 1970 – Total Solar Eclipse
- May 8–9, 1970 — Mercury Transit (this page)
- Aug 16–17, 1970 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 31 / Sep 1, 1970 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse