A really nice ISS pass everyone!!

Time: Tue Oct 18 7:32 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 79°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 45° above SE

Later..... at 10:25 p.m. a lunar grazing occultation! 

Who: Magnificent red Aldebaran, the "eye" of Taurus the bull appears to approach the moon's sunlit side, close to the north pole.  Soon the star will be easy to see as it moves onto the dark side of the moon.  If Aldebaran was placed where the sun is now, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury. It's also about 153 times brighter than the sun.

Good image here: http://occultations.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MoonViewWithCaption.jpeg

What: A lunar occultation occurs when the Moon, moving along its orbital path, passes in front of a star or other celestial object, as seen by an observer (normally on the Earth). A grazing lunar occultation occurs when one of the two edges of the moon parallel to its orbital path appears to just touch or graze the object as the moon goes by. When this happens, a properly positioned observer will see the grazed object disappear and reappear, possibly several times, as mountains and valleys on the edge of the moon pass in front of it.

Where: Along a very thin line from Los Angeles, through Denver, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis!  http://occultations.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/20161019_AldebaranGraze_USA_SandT.jpg

When: Greater Los Angeles area 10:25 - 10:29 p.m. http://occultations.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CA_LA_6.jpeg

Super detailed maps (Monrovia on the Centerline) http://occultations.org/aldebaran/2016october/

That's all for now!    Jane


Jane Houston Jones
@jhjones @otastro
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