This diagram illustrates the 5 distinct periods that are related to the Mercury retrograde phenomena, as well as 4 sensitive points along its path. These are shown with the same color scheme as the calendar.
The first Mercury Retrograde for 2016 occurs in the sign Aquarius (1o 3" ) on January 5 at 1:05 pm Greenwich or Universal Time, 8:05 am Eastern Time and 5:05 am Pacific Time.
Mercury enters Direct Station in Capricorn (14o 55") on January 25 at 9:50 pm Universal Time, 4:50 pm Eastern Time and 1:50 pm Pacific Time.
Mercury first enters the Pre-Shadow on Dec 19 2015, the previous year, and is last in the Post-Shadow on Feb 14 2016.
The second Mercury Retrograde of 2016 occurs in Taurus (23o 36") on April 28 at 5:20 pm Universal Time, 1:20 pm Eastern Daylight Time and at 10:20 pm Pacific Daylight Time.
Mercury goes direct in Taurus (14o 20 minutes of arc) on May 22 at 1:20 pm Universal Time, 9:20 am Eastern Daylight Time and 6:20 am Pacific Daylight Time.
Mercury enters the Pre-Shadow on April 14 and is last in the Post-Shadow on June 7.
The third Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2015 occurs in Libra (15o 55") on September 17 at 6:09 pm Greenwich time, 1:09 pm Eastern time and 10:09 am Pacific Time.
Mercury goes direct in Libra (0o 54") on October 9 at 2:57 pm Greenwich time, and 9:57 am Eastern time, 6:57 am Pacific Time.
Mercury first enters the Pre-Shadow phase August 28 and the final part of the Post-Shadow phase on October 24.
The fourth Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2016 occurs in Capricorn (15o 08") on December 19 at 10:56 am Universal Time, 5:56 am Eastern Time and 2:56 am Pacific Time.
Mercury goes direct in Sagittarius (28o 51") on January 8, 2017 at 9:43 am Greenwich or Universal Time, and 4:43 am Eastern Time, 1:43 am Pacific Time.
Mercury enters the Pre-Shadow on December 1 of 2016.
Please note that all times are approximate. The actual times are defined by the observer location and vary due to parallax
Details of the Mercury Retrograde Phases
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