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Thursday, June 10, 2010


Occultation of the Pleiades, Friday June 11, 2010

The morning sky facing north-east in Australia on Friday June 11 at 6:30 am local time showing the Moon and Mercury. the Moon is covering some of the beautiful Pleiades Cluster.

On the morning of Friday June 11 the thin crescent Moon is close to Mercury. At this time the Moon also occults the Pleiades Cluster. This will be difficult to see if you don't have a fairly level, clear eastern horizon.

You will need a pair of binoculars to see this event at its best (telescopes might be a bit hard to bring to bear as the event is close to the horizon).

Times of prominent star disappearances and appearances for major cities are listed here.
However, if you start looking from around 6:00 am local time you should see the crescent Moon starkly outlined against the bulk of the Pleiades and various faint and bright stars passing behind the Moon then being revealed.

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Very cool!

Happy blogoversary :)
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