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Saturday, July 12, 2008

 

Occultation of Antares (July 14)

The Moon near Antares at 8:30 pm on the evening of Monday 14 July as seen above the eastern horizon at Adelaide (click image to enlarge).

The Moon will occult (pass in front of) the bright star Antares on the evening of Monday, July
14. This event will be seen in Southern Australia in the mid to early evening of July 14th, and New Zealand as well. In Western Australia the occultation takes place an hour after sunset around 6:20 pm, in Adelaide 8:50 pm and eastern states between 9:30 and 10:00 pm.
See http://home.mira.net/~reynella/skywatch/ssky.htm#Occult for exact times for major cities. See also http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/bstar08/0714antares.htm for other locations (in Universal time only)

The Moon will be four days before full and quite high in the sky in most of Australia. In New Zealand, the occultation occurs in the veryearly hours of the morning of the 15th. While visible to the unaidedeye, this event will be good in binoculars or a small telescope. Because it occurs relatively early, this one is good for the kids to watch.

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