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Lunar occultations June 2014 to October 2014

Limiting magnitude +6.0

Details of occultations of fainter stars for your location are available from the director on request. You can either send an e-mail or use the regular post. If you choose the latter means of communication then an SAE is required please.

 

         

Greenwich

Edinburgh

Date

Star

ZC

Mag

PL

Time UT

PA

Al

Az

Time UT

PA

Al

Az

03-Jun

omega Leonis

1397

5.5

DD

21h 46 m

123

15

265

21h 37m

119

18

259

15-Jun

rho 1 Sagittarii

2826

3.9

RD

01h 16m

288

20

172

01h 11m

294

16

168

 

08-Aug

 rho 1 Sagittarii

2826

3.9

DD

20h 59m

55

19

161

20h 59m

49

14

159

14-Aug

 88 Piscium

184

6

RD

22h 43m

245

15

98

22h 50m

251

14

98

 

11-Sep

omicron Piscium

257

4.3

RD

21h 46m

20

101

256

21h 52m

18

101

263

15 - 16-Sept

 115 Tauri

814

5.4

RD

23h 59m

16

81

291

00h 02m

15

80

303

18-Sep

 lambda Geminorum

1106

3.6

RD

04h 29m

40

117

304

04h 25m

36

116

321

 

07-Oct

 14 Piscium

3474

5.9

DD

00h 46m

30

220

122

00h 33m

29

211

102

15-Oct

 NSV 17288

1073

5.9

RD

05h 24m

55

178

238

05h 24m

51

174

253

25-Oct

 Saturn

      

0.7

RR

16h 05m

12

223

125

15h 54m

11

217

119

25-Oct

 Saturn

      

0.7

RB

17h 07m

5

236

250

17h 00m

4

232

258

 

 

NOTES ABOUT THE TABLES

KEY:

Mag Visual Magnitude.
ZC Zodiacal Catalogue number, originally much favoured by lunar occultation observers.
Ph (R)eappearance, (D)isappearance or (G)raze at (D)ark or (B)right limb of the Moon.
Alt. Altitude. The angular height of the Moon above the horizon at the time of the occultation.
Az. The angular position along the horizon measured from true north in a clockwise direction (through E. S. W back to N.)
PA Position Angle, of the event, measured in an anti-clockwise direction from the direction of the Celestial North Pole.

 If you are successful in observing these or any other of the events listed, then please let me know via email (occultation@popastro.com) or the address in Popular Astronomy, or visit the SPA Observing Forum, and share your observation report.

It is worth remembering that more lunar occultation events can be seen during this period, involving much fainter stars. However, this requires a larger aperture telescope to view them successfully. The limiting magnitude for SPA listed events is normally set at no fainter than +6.0, bringing them into the range of smaller telescope apertures in the 60mm - 70mm size. If you do have access to a medium to large aperture telescope, then you will have the capability to observe many more events, even within a single night. If you are interested in seeing a more detailed listing for your specific observing location then please contact me.