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CentaurZ

Moon Occults Saturn - 2019 APR 25-26

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The waning gibbous Moon will occult (cover) Saturn for observers in New Zealand and eastern Australia during the night of 2019 APR 25-26

The current series of 14 monthly Saturn occultations extends from 2018 DEC 09 to 2019 NOV 29. However the large majority are not visible at nighttime from any particular location. The next series will commence on 2024 APR 06

The upcoming immersion will occur on the lunar bright limb and emersion on the dark limb. Any ocean observers on a graze path can witness the star winking on and off as lunar hills and valleys pass by. Those between the two paths will see a full occultation.

Photos and descriptions of the occultation would be welcome additions to this thread. If you would like specific occultation or graze predictions for your location, please reply to this post with your longitude, latitude, elevation and time zone.

 

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The disappearance will be on the lit side  -your Moon picture is upside down for southern hemisphere.

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On 22/04/2019 at 18:24, Stu Todd said:

The disappearance will be on the lit side  -your Moon picture is upside down for southern hemisphere.

Indeed, lit side. Thanks for the correction. It's now been edited. I had neglected to change that from words in a post for an earlier occultation.

Regarding the Moon image, it is depicted in the standard manner for a geocentric observer with x-ray vision and head toward north. In some occultations the graze paths wander into both hemispheres, so I always make my graze map Moon depiction in the standard geocentric fashion. However, at my website is a page with event details for Sydney that correctly depicts the Moon as viewed from there.  Sorry if my graze map Moon image creates difficulties for those of you down under.  ?

Meanwhile, enjoy the occultation that will be invisible to those of us up north.  ?

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On 28/04/2019 at 03:50, Stu Todd said:

Here it is, Moon overexposed to show Saturn better.

C9.25 and DMK camera. Seeing was terrible too.

Thanks for sharing your fine video of the occultation. Glad you got to see it live. There will be another Saturn occultation visible only from your part of the world during the evening of August 12.

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Thanks for that. The 12th August occultation is visible in the North Island of NZ only so may have to travel, I'll see if the boss wants a road trip!

The next one I'm aiming for is on the 2nd November, but will be in daylight. This one is 10 days before the transition of Mercury too!

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