Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Occultation of Mars: July 27, 2011

After Venus occulted over the Mediterranean last month, it's time for Mars to take the stage. Although 2011 is somewhat of a bad year for occultation viewing, Mars will still be occulted. But don't get your hope up! People here in America won't be able to see it. On July 27, 2011 at 16:50:54 UT over the Pacific and parts of South America. Specifically, this occultation will be viewed from the French Polynesia, Chile, Peru, and Argentina, but won't be anything impressive."The good thing about this occultation is that the Moon is only 16% illuminated. This means minimal lunar interference," AstronomyLive.com encourages.