International Observe the Moon Night - Occultation

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International Observe the Moon Night - Occultation
Posted by Centaur on Monday, September 02, 2013 11:09 AM

Saturday, October 12 will be the 2013 International Observe the Moon Night. I’ve discovered that magnitude +3.1 Beta Capricorni will be occulted by the Moon that evening for much of North America. 

For observers at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium I predict that immersion will occur at 20:15:16 CDT and emersion at 21:29:33 CDT. If you would like occultation predictions for your location, please reply to this post with a longitude, latitude, elevation and time zone.

Occultations of fairly bright stars do not occur too often for a particular location, but for this one to be presented to North Americans at a convenient time during the Saturday evening of an international event is phenomenal. In about a week I’ll provide related graphics and data on my occultations webpage: www.CurtRenz.com/occultations

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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  • From: Southern California near Disneyland
Posted by Silveradogold on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 8:34 PM

Thank you Centaur,

I will have to check that out. Hmmm..... according to StarCalc, this will occur in daylight in my neck of the woods.

Still, it's worth grabbing the refractor and searching it out.

Clear Skies....Silveradogold Cool

33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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Posted by Centaur on Friday, October 04, 2013 3:23 PM

Indeed, give it a try, Silveradogold. The Sun will have just set for you at emersion time. Here are my predictions for your location:

17:13:12 PDT - Immersion

18:25:21 PDT - Emersion

 

 

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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    October, 2007
Posted by Aratus on Saturday, October 05, 2013 12:28 PM

Beta Capricorni is a double star which makes it even more fun!     UK observers will see the Moon set well before the event, sadly.Sad

Aratus

Location:  North West Devon, UK

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Posted by Centaur on Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:06 PM

Aratus

Beta Capricorni is a double star which makes it even more fun!     UK observers will see the Moon set well before the event, sadly.Sad

 

Sorry that you will be shut out, Aratus. As a consolation, only you Europeans have a chance at observing the occultation of Spica on November 2. My preview of that event can be seen at www.CurtRenz.com/occultations

It would be appreciated if observers can provide timings of tonight's occultation to see if they match my predictions. It will be interesting to learn how much time separation there is between the components of the double star.

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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