View Full Version : Moon Occults Aldebaran & Hyades Cluster - Feb 15-16

2016-Feb-12, 04:47 PM
The waxing gibbous Moon will occult (cover) several stars of the Hyades cluster and first magnitude Aldebaran in Taurus for observers in portions of North America during the night of 2016 FEB 15-16 (Mon-Tue).

Immersions will occur on the lunar dark limb and emersions on the bright limb. Observers on a graze path will witness a star winking on and off as hills and valleys pass by. Observers between the graze paths will see full occultations.

For Aldebaran and Hyades stars brighter than magnitude +4.0, Iíve created North American graze maps, sets of Besselian elements, and preview graphics with data for observers at certain favored locations. They can be seen by visiting my Occultations webpage at www.CurtRenz.com/occultations.html

Photos and descriptions of the event would be welcome additions to this thread. If you would like specific occultation or graze predictions for your location, please reply to this post with your longitude, latitude, elevation and time zone.