BRIGHT PLANET & ASTEROID OCCULTATIONS BY THE MOON FOR 2016
There is probably little new that can be learned from occultations of major planets events in this age of space exploration, but they are still interesting to watch. Photometric records, possibly derived from video recordings, could be used to determine the sizes of asteroids, although timings of occultations of stars by minor planets give more accurate information. - D. Dunham.
2016 proves to be a year sparse with planetary occultations. Most occur during daylight hours. Below are world maps, showing the events for the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. There are no occultations of Saturn during 2016.
Observers are strongly encouraged to download the free software Occult v4 to generate their own predictions, as no predictions will be listed here. Occult has a short tutorial listed in the help file to get observers started using the software. Observers can also use their own planetarium type software (e.g. TheSky, SkySafari, Guide, Stellarium, etc), to get approximate times of the events.
The world map is a Mercator projection showing the basic circumstances of an occultation:
- Cyan - the curves of Occultation D or R at moonrise or moonset
- White continuous line - the northern and southern occultation limits (graze paths), with the event occurring in nighttime
- Blue continuous line - occultation limits, event in twilight
- Red dotted line - occultation limits, event in daylight
Where a line represent a feature of the event is located in the polar regions, remember that the Mercator projection gives rise to serious distortions in polar regions.
Occultations of Venus
Occultations of Mars
Occultations of Jupiter
Occultations of Uranus
Occultations of Neptune
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