BRIGHT PLANET & ASTEROID OCCULTATIONS BY THE MOON FOR 2015


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

All times given in these predictions are in Universal Time. Predictions included both disappearance and reappearance times, although depending on the phase of the moon, one or the other may not be possible to observe at the instant of the event. When Moon % is "+" (waxing), the planet will disappear on the dark side, and reappearance is on the bright side; when the Moon % is "-" (waning), the planet will reappear on the dark side, and disappearance on the bright side. Observing disappearances and reappearance of planets on the bright side are difficult, and accuracies in timing these events are not reliable.

Note: Cities will be prefixed with their 2 letter country code. Those for the United States will also include the 2 letter state code after the city. For a complete listing of the 2 letter country codes used in the predictions please download this PDF file for reference. How to convert the predicted time to your site location time using the A/B factor

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DATE PLANET MAG PH % ILL AREA
25 Jan 15 Uranus 5.9 DD 12+ ne Asia
21 Feb 15 Uranus 5.9 DD 31+ se Canada, ne USA
11 Jun 15 Uranus 5.9 RD 26- s Australia, New Zealand
01 Sep 15 Uranus 5.7 RD 88- New Zealand
08 Oct 15 Venus -4.7 RD 15- w Australia
26 Oct 15 Uranus 5.8 DD 98+ New Zealand
06 Dec 15 Mars 1.5 RD 25- w central Africa
07 Dec 15 Venus -4.2 RD 13- Alaska


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