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Charlie in Dayton
2004-Aug-31, 03:16 AM
From an astronomy related email service I subscribe to...

Asteroid Occultation Alert

On the evening of September 11th and the morning of September 12th
asteroid Palasana will be occulting a 7th magnitude double star just
north of the Andromeda galaxy.

The path of the occultation will cross parts of Africa, Europe,
Canada, much of the US, and Mexico. In the US the states of Maine,
New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico will all
be in the path.

Therefore amateur observers will be needed in all of these areas!

This is a golden opportunity for us all to get involved in recording
valuable scientific data on the size and shape of this asteroid.

Please alert the astronomy clubs in your area.

Check the following links:
http://www.asteroidoccultations.com/

http://www.asteroidoccultations.com/2004_09/0912_914_1908.htm
(and the related link maps that trace totality's path on a road atlas)
http://www.asteroidoccultations.com/2004_09/0912_914_1908_MapNA.gif

Andromeda321
2004-Aug-31, 03:23 AM
:o :o :o
THE PATH IS RIGHT WHERE I AM FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!!!
And, of course, for the first time ever I do not have my telescope. What are the odds I can get my key to the college observatory by then? :-k

Charlie in Dayton
2004-Aug-31, 04:25 AM
Grab yourself an astronomy prof and set up a group gaze for extra credit. Rig a camera on the big scope, invite everyone else to bring their little ones, and charge a couple bucks a head for sody pop 'n' pizza...make an evening of it!

Ut
2004-Aug-31, 01:53 PM
Hrmm. The observatory at school is having an open house that night. I'm sure the RASC guys will remember this, but I should keep it in mind. Here's hoping for clear skies!

jt-3d
2004-Sep-01, 06:28 AM
Well well, I'm in the right place for a change. Nice, now all I need is a night off.