[astronews] Fwd: North American Skies alert: The Moon occults (eclipses) the bright star Antares

  • From: Burness Ansell <ki0ar@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Astronomy Newsletter <astronews@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 12:57:38 -0700 (PDT)

--- Larry Sessions <starman@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: "Larry Sessions" <starman@xxxxxxx>
> Subject: North American Skies alert: The Moon
> occults (eclipses) the bright
>  star Antares
> To: ki0ar@xxxxxxxxx
> Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 13:51:16 -0600
> 
> Monday, 23 May 2005
> 
> The Moon Occults Antares
> 
> After midnight tonight (that is, in the wee hours of
> Tuesday morning), the Moon will pass in front of one
> of the brightest stars in the sky, Antares in
> Scorpius. Given clear skies, this is visible
> throughout North America except for Alaska and
> northern Canada. The exact timings vary with
> location. For New York Scorpius will disappear at
> about 4:21 a.m. EDT and reappear from behind the
> Moon at 5:21 a.m. EDT. During the intervening period
> the star will be occulted (eclipsed) behind the
> Moon.
> 
> In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the disappearance is
> at roughly 2:44 a.m. CDT and the reappearance is at
> about 3:58 a.m. CDT. In Denver, the disappearance is
> at 1:27 a.m. MDT and the reappearance is at about
> 2:34 a.m. MDT. In Seattle, reappearance is at abojut
> 11:57 p.m. PDT, and reappearance at about 1:01 a.m.
> PDT.
> 
> This information was derived from the International
> Occultation Timing Association's page:
>
http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/bstar/bstar.htm
> 
> Please check out that page for exact timings for
> major US, Canadian and Mexican cities. Note that the
> times given on that page are in Universal time,
> which is 4 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.
> Therefore, if you are in the Eastern Daylight Time
> Zone, subtract 4 hours from the times listed on the
> that page; in the Central Zone, subtract 5 hours; in
> the Mountain Zone, subtract 6 hours; and the in
> Pacific Zone, subtract 7 hours. (In the times I have
> given for New York, DFW, Denver and Seattle, I have
> already made those corrections.)
> 
> The occultation will occur in the southern to
> southwestern sky. Generally speaking, the farther
> West you are, the higher the Moon and Antares will
> be in the sky. For some Northeastern observers, the
> reappearance will occur very near the southwestern
> horizon. While this will be visible with the unaided
> eye, a pair of binoculars or small telescope will be
> helpful, especially if you wish to mark the exact
> times for your location.
> 
> Antares ("rivaling Mars") is the heart of Scorpius
> the Scorpion, and is a bright orangish star in the
> southern sky.
> 
> Clear skies!
> 
> Larry S.
> ==============
> Larry Sessions
> Metropolitan State College of Denver: <
> http://www.mscd.edu/~physics/astro >
> Community College of Aurora:
> < http://www.ccaurora.edu/astro/ >
> JPL/NASA Solar System Ambassador: <
> http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/index.html >
> North American Skies:
> < http://home.comcast.net/~sternmann/ > 
> 

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