OCCULTATIONS

THE TABLE BELOW LISTS THE 2012 DATES AND TIMES WHEN THE MOON OCCULTS STARS AND
 PLANETS THROUGH MARCH 2012 (FROM CALSKY)
ACCURATE FOR LONG BEACH, NY.
                             TIMES GIVEN ARE FOR THE EASTERN TIME ZONE
                            NOTE THE GLOSSARY OF TERMS AT THE BOTTOM
 


 BY CLICKING ON THE WORD MOON IN BLUE YOU WILL SEE THE EVENT ON A STAR CHART.
 I RECOMMEND THAT YOU EXPAND THE VIEW TO 3 DEGREES OR MORE AND REDUCE THE
 LIMITING MAGNITUDE FROM "AUTO" TO NO MORE THAN  8 OR 9 TO SEE A MORE REALISTIC SKY.
 ALSO, YOU SHOULD INCREASE THE GRID SIZE TO 640 OR 800 TO SEE  THE CHART BETTER.
 AFTER YOU MADE YOUR CHANGES CLICK ON THE WORD GO IN THE GREEN CIRCLE.
 NOTE THAT THE RED LINES ON THE CHARTS ARE CONSTELLATION BOUNDARIES.


Occultations of Stars and Planets



Monday 2 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
17.0hMoonClose to Jupiter, -2.6mag Separation=4.61°, PA=153.7°, h=49.8°, Sun elevation hsun=-4.6°



Thursday 5 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
18h15.5m Moon Immersion of 56 Tau, SAO 76551, 5.3mag Position Angle=63.7°, Altitude h=48.1° (dark limb)
18.4h Moon Close to 53 Tau, SAO 76548 (Close double star), 5.5mag Separation=0.57°, PA=167.4°, h=49.6°, Sun elevation hsun=-19.7°
22.8hMoonClose to Kap1 Tau, SAO 76601 (Multiple star system), 4.2mag Separation=0.42°, PA=358.6°, h=63.6°, Sun elevation hsun=-66.8°
22.8h Moon Close to Kap2 Tau, SAO 76602 (Multiple star system), 5.3mag Separation=0.32°, PA=358.7°, h=63.3°, Sun elevation hsun=-67.0°
23.4hMoonClose to Ups Tau, SAO 76608 (Double star, separation >10"), 4.3mag Separation=0.95°, PA=0.4°, h=58.4°, Sun elevation hsun=-70.5°



Friday 6 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
21h56.3m Moon Immersion of 109 Tau, SAO 77097, 5.0mag Position Angle=116.4°, Altitude h=71.3° (dark limb)
23h18.7m Moon Emersion of 109 Tau, SAO 77097, 5.0mag Position Angle=250.3°, Altitude h=66.3° (bright limb)



Saturday 7 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
2h56.0m Moon Immersion of 114 Tau, SAO 77184 (Multiple star system), 4.9mag Position Angle=95.7°, Altitude h=29.0° (dark limb)
3h57.6m Moon Emersion of 114 Tau, SAO 77184 (Multiple star system), 4.9mag Position Angle=284.4°, Altitude h=17.5° (bright limb)
22.5hMoonClose to Tejat Prior, Eta Gem, SAO 78135, 3.5mag Separation=1.17°, PA=8.2°, h=70.7°, Sun elevation hsun=-63.5°



Sunday 8 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
2.8hMoonClose to Tejat Posterior, Mu Gem, SAO 78 (Multiple star system), 2.9mag Separation=1.62°, PA=16.4°, h=41.0°, Sun elevation hsun=-50.3°
19.2hMoonClose to Mekbuda, Zet Gem, SAO 79031 (Multiple star system), 4.0mag Separation=1.02°, PA=5.0°, h=29.4°, Sun elevation hsun=-28.0°



Tuesday 10 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
22.3h Moon Close to 60 Cnc, SAO 98235 (Close double star), 5.4mag Separation=0.70°, PA=200.6°, h=38.5°, Sun elevation hsun=-61.0°
23h21.6m Moon Immersion of Acubens, Alp Cnc, SAO 98267 (Multiple star system), 4.3mag Position Angle=192.4°, Altitude h=49.4° (bright limb)
23h21.6m Moon Immersion of Acubens, Alp Cnc, SAO 98267 (Multiple star system), 4.3mag Position Angle=192.4°, Altitude h=49.4° (bright limb)
23h37.2mMoonEmersion of Acubens, Alp Cnc, SAO 98267 (Multiple star system), 4.3mag Position Angle=215.4°, Altitude h=51.7° (dark limb)



Wednesday 11 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
5h28.3m Moon Immersion of Kap Cnc, SAO 98378 (Close double star), 5.2mag Position Angle=189.1°, Altitude h=31.8° (bright limb)
5h47.8m Moon Emersion of Kap Cnc, SAO 98378 (Close double star), 5.2mag Position Angle=224.2°, Altitude h=28.1° (dark limb)



Thursday 12 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
3.1h Moon Close to Pi Leo, SAO 118044, 4.7mag Separation=1.65°, PA=32.0°, h=56.3°, Sun elevation hsun=-46.1°



Friday 13 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
22.2hMoonClose to Mars, -0.1mag Separation=8.7°, PA=7.8°, h=6.0°



Sunday 15 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
3h01.2m Moon Immersion of 21 Vir, SAO 138845, 5.5mag Position Angle=161.3°, Altitude h=33.9° (bright limb)
3h59.1m Moon Emersion of 21 Vir, SAO 138845, 5.5mag Position Angle=260.8°, Altitude h=38.5° (dark limb)
4.5h Moon Close to Chi Vir, SAO 138892 (Multiple star system), 4.7mag Separation=1.71°, PA=30.6°, h=41.0°, Sun elevation hsun=-30.8°



Monday 16 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
1.3h Moon Close to 68 Vir, SAO 157938 (Close double star), 5.3mag Separation=0.95°, PA=25.2°, h=9.8°, Sun elevation hsun=-64.1°
6.7hMoonClose to Saturn, 0.6mag Separation=7.0°, PA=34.9°, h=39.7°
6.8hMoonClose to Saturn, 0.6mag Separation=7.0°, PA=34.9°, h=39.7°



Wednesday 18 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
6.5h Moon Close to SAO 159330, XZ 21407, 5.5mag Separation=1.81°, PA=15.4°, h=27.9°, Sun elevation hsun=-7.8°



Thursday 19 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
6.1h Moon Close to Ome Oph, SAO 184450, 4.5mag Separation=1.51°, PA=10.2°, h=19.2°, Sun elevation hsun=-12.5°



Thursday 26 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
17.5hMoonClose to Venus, -4.1mag Separation=7.1°, PA=189.7°, h=28.2°
17.5hMoonClose to Venus, -4.1mag Separation=7.1°, PA=189.7°, h=28.1°



Sunday 29 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
23.5hMoonClose to Jupiter, -2.4mag Separation=6.3°, PA=115.2°, h=6.0°



Tuesday 31 January 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
21h07.9mMoonImmersion of Botein, Del Ari, SAO 93328, 4.3mag Position Angle=357.7°, Altitude h=49.2° (dark limb)
21h07.9mMoonImmersion of Botein, Del Ari, SAO 93328, 4.3mag Position Angle=357.6°, Altitude h=49.2° (dark limb)
21h16.3mMoonEmersion of Botein, Del Ari, SAO 93328, 4.3mag Position Angle=346.1°, Altitude h=47.7° (dark limb)
21h16.3mMoonEmersion of Botein, Del Ari, SAO 93328, 4.3mag Position Angle=346.1°, Altitude h=47.7° (dark limb)
23.3h Moon Close to Zet Ari, SAO 75810 (Close double star), 4.9mag Separation=1.55°, PA=356.4°, h=26.1°, Sun elevation hsun=-64.4°



Wednesday 1 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
22.4hMoonClose to 37 Tau, SAO 76430 (Multiple star system), 4.4mag Separation=0.84°, PA=359.7°, h=46.1°, Sun elevation hsun=-57.3°



Friday 3 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
1.5h Moon Close to Iot Tau, SAO 76920 (Close double star), 4.6mag Separation=0.30°, PA=187.4°, h=21.0°, Sun elevation hsun=-60.2°



Sunday 5 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
19h59.3m Moon Immersion of 74 Gem, SAO 97120 (Close double star), 5.0mag Position Angle=120.3°, Altitude h=50.2° (dark limb)
23.6h Moon Close to 81 Gem, SAO 97221 (Close double star), 4.9mag Separation=1.24°, PA=22.9°, h=64.2°, Sun elevation hsun=-64.3°



Tuesday 7 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
22.5h Moon Close to 6 Leo, SAO 117751, 5.1mag Separation=0.46°, PA=26.9°, h=51.5°, Sun elevation hsun=-57.2°



Wednesday 8 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
2.9hMoonClose to Subra, Omi Leo, SAO 98709 (Multiple star system), 3.5mag Separation=1.70°, PA=30.0°, h=44.6°, Sun elevation hsun=-45.4°



Saturday 11 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
22.5h Moon Close to 49 Vir, SAO 157739, 5.2mag Separation=1.03°, PA=24.2°, h=3.3°, Sun elevation hsun=-56.0°



Monday 13 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
2.3h Moon Close to ET Virginis, SAO 158401, 4.9mag Separation=0.60°, PA=24.8°, h=24.6°, Sun elevation hsun=-50.9°



Tuesday 14 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
3.9h Moon Close to Iot1 Lib, SAO 159090 (Multiple star system), 4.5mag Separation=0.64°, PA=18.8°, h=25.5°, Sun elevation hsun=-33.4°



Friday 17 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
5.0hMoonClose to Polis, Mu Sgr, SAO 186497 (Multiple star system), 3.8mag Separation=1.23°, PA=359.0°, h=13.1°, Sun elevation hsun=-19.9°
5.3h Moon Close to 14 Sgr, SAO 186509, 5.5mag Separation=0.58°, PA=358.7°, h=14.5°, Sun elevation hsun=-17.0°
6.0h Moon Close to 15 Sgr, SAO 186543, 5.3mag Separation=1.54°, PA=357.0°, h=20.2°, Sun elevation hsun=-9.3°



Wednesday 22 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
18.1hMoonClose to Mercury, -1.2mag Separation=5.7°, PA=141.0°, h=5.7°
18.1hMoonClose to Mercury, -1.2mag Separation=5.7°, PA=141.1°, h=5.5°



Saturday 25 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
13.0h Moon Close to Venus, -4.2mag Separation=2.76°, PA=150.3°, h=50.3°, Sun elevation hsun=38.6° (in daylight)
18.1hMoonClose to Venus, -4.2mag Separation=3.1°, PA=181.2°, h=35.7°
18.1hMoonClose to Venus, -4.2mag Separation=3.1°, PA=181.4°, h=35.5°



Sunday 26 February 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
22.0hMoonClose to Jupiter, -2.2mag Separation=3.8°, PA=141.6°, h=6.0°



Thursday 1 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
0.1h Moon Close to Tau Tau, SAO 76721, 4.3mag Separation=1.57°, PA=5.5°, h=13.1°, Sun elevation hsun=-56.7°
19h55.3m Moon Immersion of 114 Tau, SAO 77184 (Multiple star system), 4.9mag Position Angle=46.0°, Altitude h=65.6° (dark limb)
20h49.0m Moon Emersion of 114 Tau, SAO 77184 (Multiple star system), 4.9mag Position Angle=328.8°, Altitude h=57.1° (bright limb)



Friday 2 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
1h28.3mMoonImmersion of Zet Tau, SAO 77336 (Close double star), 3.0mag Position Angle=148.9°, Altitude h=6.7° (dark limb)
2h02.8m Moon Emersion of Zet Tau, SAO 77336 (Close double star), 3.0mag Position Angle=229.3°, Altitude h=0.7° (bright limb)



Saturday 3 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
0h25.5mMoonImmersion of Nu Gem, SAO 78423 (Multiple star system), 4.1mag Position Angle=131.5°, Altitude h=26.4° (dark limb)
1h19.9m Moon Emersion of Nu Gem, SAO 78423 (Multiple star system), 4.1mag Position Angle=258.8°, Altitude h=16.2° (bright limb)



Monday 5 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
23.5h Moon Close to Kap Cnc, SAO 98378 (Close double star), 5.2mag Separation=0.39°, PA=208.9°, h=54.7°, Sun elevation hsun=-53.9°



Tuesday 6 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
20.3h Moon Close to Pi Leo, SAO 118044, 4.7mag Separation=1.35°, PA=26.0°, h=42.4°, Sun elevation hsun=-28.4°



Wednesday 7 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
18.0h Moon Close to Mars, -1.2mag Separation=8.91°, PA=18.9°, h=8.5°, Sun elevation hsun=-2.0° (in daylight)
18.0h Moon Close to Mars, -1.2mag Separation=8.91°, PA=18.9°, h=8.5°, Sun elevation hsun=-1.0° (in daylight)
18.3hMoonClose to Mars, -1.2mag Separation=8.9°, PA=17.7°, h=12.5°
18.3hMoonClose to Mars, -1.2mag Separation=8.9°, PA=17.6°, h=12.7°



Saturday 10 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
1.7h Moon Close to Psi Vir, SAO 139033 (Close double star), 4.8mag Separation=1.22°, PA=28.5°, h=39.8°, Sun elevation hsun=-47.1°
21.5hMoonClose to Saturn, 0.4mag Separation=6.0°, PA=16.0°, h=6.1°



Tuesday 13 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
2.8h Moon Close to Lam Lib, SAO 183895 (Close double star), 5.0mag Separation=1.45°, PA=14.7°, h=19.6°, Sun elevation hsun=-44.9°



Friday 16 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
5h13.2m Moon Immersion of Xi 1 Sgr, SAO 187498, 5.0mag Position Angle=74.6°, Altitude h=15.8° (bright limb)



Sunday 25 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
20.6hMoonClose to Jupiter, -2.1mag Separation=2.81°, PA=171.6°, h=17.4°, Sun elevation hsun=-16.6°



Monday 26 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
15.6h Moon Close to Venus, -4.4mag Separation=2.29°, PA=343.8°, h=70.5°, Sun elevation hsun=37.9° (in daylight)
19.6hMoonClose to Venus, -4.4mag Separation=2.7°, PA=316.4°, h=38.7°
19.7hMoonClose to Venus, -4.4mag Separation=2.8°, PA=316.2°, h=38.5°



Tuesday 27 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
20.9h Moon Close to Ome2 Tau, SAO 76532, 4.9mag Separation=0.43°, PA=182.1°, h=34.3°, Sun elevation hsun=-19.8°
21h39.5m Moon Immersion of 53 Tau, SAO 76548 (Close double star), 5.5mag Position Angle=46.8°, Altitude h=26.7° (dark limb)
22.0h Moon Close to 56 Tau, SAO 76551, 5.3mag Separation=0.85°, PA=3.3°, h=22.7°, Sun elevation hsun=-30.8°



Saturday 31 March 2012
Time (24-hour clock)Object (Link)Event
1.2hMoonClose to Mekbuda, Zet Gem, SAO 79031 (Multiple star system), 4.0mag Separation=1.89°, PA=17.4°, h=14.9°, Sun elevation hsun=-44.8°

                                                                                                                                              Glossary:

Occultation
As the Moon moves along the ecliptic in a month, it happens to cover stars and sometimes planets. Observations of such events are impressive, since stars disappear suddenly, whereas planets (due to a considerable apparent diameter) hide away slowly.
Immersion
The object disappears behind the limb of the Moon. The parameters given are the positions angle PA and the elevation of the Moon at the moment indicated.
Emersion
The occulted object reappears from behind the disk.
Close to...
The Moon or main object appears close to the listed star or planet. These events may be useful for reasons of 'near miss' or to make it easier to find the fainter object in the sky. Usually, such constellations give a nice view.
Position Angle / PA
Angle, defining a position on an apparent disk or the position of a dimmer star with regard of the main star. It is counted around the reference points (center of disk/brighter star) from celestial north direction 0° to east (left) 90°, south 180° to west (right) 270° in counter clockwise direction.
Separation
Angular distance between the centers of disks of two objects. For eclipses: the Sun and the Moon. For occultations: Moon/satellite and Star/Planet. For binary stars: Star/Star



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