Mercury can now be seen approaching the Sun as of May 5th (11am CDT) to the left in the last few frames. Currently, Mercury is 4th magnitude and not showing up very brightly in this SOHO view, because the nighttime side of the planet is currently facing towards us (mostly).

Mercury's transit across the Sun will be next week on Monday, May 9th. By accident, I found a comet diving into the Sun on Sunday. I will maintain this video on a daily basis, so we can watch Mercury move towards the Sun by way of this satellite camera over the next few days. Venus will be showing up in another week or two, since superior conjunction will be on June 6th.

Transit of Mercury on May 9, 2016

Area of Earth that will see a Complete transit

Area of Earth that will see a partial transit after sunrise

Area of Earth that will see a partial transit before sunset

Area of Earth that will see no transit

These are four views views of Earth where Mercury can be seen in its entirety going across the Sun, not at all, or in-between.



Our Moon on May 7- May 9, 2016, 45 minutes after sunset.
New Moon is on May 6th.

The software for this image is free and can be found at
It's also great to use if you want to know what the Moon looks like three days or three years from now.
It's very easy to use! (My fireflies are rugged in all weather conditions!)



Annular Eclipse of the Sun Over Africa On September 1, 2016


Opposition of Mars and Saturn for 2016 in the Constellations of Libra and Scorpius




Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA
This magnificent eclipse is now one and a half years away! Are you ready?
Visit my eclipse page with new states being added constantly!


Greatest duration or maximum darkness for this eclipse will occur in Illinois and not Kentucky! USNO says 2 minutes and 44 seconds, and NASA says 2 minutes and 40 seconds. I guess we will have to wait until 2017 to find out who was right!

Greatest eclipse will occur at 01:57:12 over the Pacific with the greatest duration lasting four minutes and ten seconds. Greatest duration will occur at 01:56:52.



Total Eclipse of the Moon on January 31, 2018 as Seen from the United States





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Updated on May 5, 2016