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Centaur
2015-Sep-29, 07:19 PM
During the night of 2015 OCT 01-02 the waning gibbous Moon will occult the magnitude +3.7 star Gamma Tauri for North Americans north of the graze path that extends from southern California to Newfoundland. San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver and Minneapolis will be in the occultation zone. Los Angeles, Omaha and Chicago will not be.

Then a few hours later during the morning of 2015 OCT 02 the Moon will occult the magnitude +0.9 star Aldebaran. For most North Americans this will be a daytime event, but for many on the west coast the immersion will be seen before dawn.

During the morning of 2015 OCT 05 the waning Half Moon will occult the magnitude +3.6 star Lambda Geminorum for North Americans north of a graze path that extends from central California to Maryland. San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Detroit will be in the nighttime occultation zone. Los Angeles, Albuquerque and St. Louis will out of the zone. For Washington DC and cities to its north it will be a daytime event.

For each of these occultations I’ve created graze maps, sets of Besselian elements, and local graphics with data for certain cities. They can be viewed at www.CurtRenz.com/occultations.html

Photos and descriptions of these events would be welcome additions to this thread. For local timing predictions, please reply to this thread with a longitude, latitude, elevation and time zone.