Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

Stu

Heads up, lunar occultation of bright star at 19.20 tonight - 28th December

Recommended Posts

Just had a peek at the moon through the binos (looking nice) and noticed a bright star to the East. I checked on SkySafari and it will be occurred by the dark limb of the moon at around 19.20pm this evening, worth a look to see it blink out instantly. Check you local timing as it will differ.

The star is Xi2 Ceti and it is mag 4.3. Sky is beautiful again tonight, looks very transparent again but will only be binos for me tonight.

  • Like 5
  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers buddy

Will have a look shortly. Got the 6" f11 cooling.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers Stu. Will be out agin later braving the cold,  so I’ll keep an eye out for it. Cheers! :) 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Binoculars for me on this one I think - lots of thin clouds here. Thanks for the "heads up" Stu :thumbright:

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Stu - have the VX14 setup and I’m showing the parents the lights in the sky...

Testing my ability to explain things simply so a vanishing star should be helpful ??

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Moon occults Aldebaran tomorrow night (Friday) 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Paul M said:

The Moon occults Aldebaran tomorrow night (Friday) 

 

Is it not early hours of 31st Paul?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Stu - will look out for it :). Looks nice out there and I'm having some fun counting cratrs in Clavius already (welll if you can;t beat the big bright thing, you may as well look right at it :)).

'Scuse typos - fingers are a bit numb!

Edited by Marki
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
28 minutes ago, Marki said:

 

'Scuse typos - fingers are a bit numb!

It certainly is chilly out there already! Have fun :) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sat watching this with a glass of the mother in laws elderflower gin liqueur... which I'm fairly sure us petrol with elderflower cordial and sugar syrup... keeps you warm inside either way! 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And there it was, gone ! :smiley:

Just enough cloud gaps here to see the "disappearance". Rather nice in 11x70 binoculars :icon_biggrin:

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I enjoyed watching that... *pip* and gone.

I was using my right eye in the newt, keen to explore the terminator but each time I was tempted, the star fell on my blind spot. I tried my left eye for a little, kept the star visible but my mind was wandering, so back to the right eye and just watched the star.

That was a first for me. Thanks for posting.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, gone indeed. Started watching perhaps a little early so was having to try my hardest not to look away to check the time! Caught it nicely though, went out about 19.21:45 I think.

Hopefully it will be clear for Aldebaran in a few days

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just caught it for 1 second literally after just aligning my goto mount with Skysafari. After alignment I slewed to the moon, saw the star for a second, then overshot my fine tuning as I tried to center it in the EP and lost it. By the time I got back the star had been occulted. ???

  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, Knighty2112 said:

Just caught it for 1 second literally after just aligning my goto mount with Skysafari. After alignment I slewed to the moon, saw the star for a second, then overshot my fine tuning as I tried to center it in the EP and lost it. By the time I got back the star had been occulted. ???

Shame, should have gone manual for a bit just to catch it.

Hopefully you can catch Aldebaran when it does the same in a few nights

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Stu said:

Is it not early hours of 31st Paul?

I’ve got the details for the Aldebaran occultation from London  as disappearance 1h 13m  and reappearance 1h 59m on the 31st December  (Sunday). Times will vary slightly depending on location 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Stu said:

Is it not early hours of 31st Paul?

How weird. I knew it was due soon and ran it through SkySafari to check the circumstances for my location and I was sure it was on Friday. All I can think is that I was stepping in days rather than hours! 

We'll I'm glad I posted my misinformation here because it my have gone uncorrected and I'd have been waiting a long time on Friday for the moon to leap some degrees over to Aldebaran! 

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Paul M said:

How weird. I knew it was due soon and ran it through SkySafari to check the circumstances for my location and I was sure it was on Friday. All I can think is that I was stepping in days rather than hours! 

We'll I'm glad I posted my misinformation here because it my have gone uncorrected and I'd have been waiting a long time on Friday for the moon to leap some degrees over to Aldebaran! 

Tee hee. These things happen, I once posted a heads up for a shadow transit which occurred after Jupiter had set ;)

At least you've saved that long wait, let's hope for some clear sky, should be quite good to see. 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.