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Moon Occults Mars - 2023 JAN 30-31


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A waxing gibbous Moon will occult (cover) magnitude -0.3 Mars for observers in the southern USA and Central America during the night of 2023 JAN 30-31.

The immersion will occur on the lunar dark limb, with emersion from the bright limb. Lucky observers on a graze path can witness the star passing through lunar hills and valleys. Those between the two graze 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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I have been using Stellarium for years and it's absolutely accurate. This Occultation was predicted for after 8:30pm PST on January 30th if the weather is clear that evening over Orange, CA (Postal Code 92868).

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20 hours ago, Observer1975 said:

I have been using Stellarium for years and it's absolutely accurate. This Occultation was predicted for after 8:30pm PST on January 30th if the weather is clear that evening over Orange, CA (Postal Code 92868).

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Here is a graphic I created for Orange, CA. It's based on the center of Mars relative to the limb of the Moon. Please report on its accuracy. Of course your location is not likely exactly the same as for the Orange coordinates given in Wikipedia.

 

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