Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Occulation of Mars, Morniing January 1, 2020
|The Moon looking east at 04:53 am ACDST in Adelaide on Saturday 1 January, 2022 before Mars disappears behind the Moon. The Moon and Mars are below the bright star Aldebaran (click to embiggen).||The Moon looking east at 05:26 am AEDST in Melbourne on Saturday 1 January, 2022 before Mars disappears behind the Moon.The Moon and Mars are below the bright star Aldebaran (click to embiggen).|
|Close up view of the start of the occulation at the same time ||Close up view of the start of the occulation at the same time|
The occultation of Mars will seen in south eastern and south central Australia in the early morning on New Years Day. It will be visible from Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra. Sydney sees a graze 12 minutes before sunrise. The occultation will be low to the horizon with the thin crescent Moon covering Mars. In Adelaide this is after astronomical twilight and in the east with the best views, for Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra this is around nautical twilight.Egress of Mars from behind the Moonis close to Sunrise for the eastern states, so care is needed if young binoculars or telescopes. .
|Place||Disappears bright Limb||Reappears dark Limb|
More cities in Australia can be found at the IOTA site (UT times only, which is why is says DEC 31).