Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stellar Occultation of ζ Taurus March 2, 2012

Zeta (ζ) Taurus will occult for Northeastern America and Canada March 1, 2012. It is a spectroscopic binary (a binary star of which both members cannot be detected by a telescope) in the south-left side of Taurus at magnitude 3.010, which the moon will occult. This star should be not that hard to find, as the Pleiades is to its north, and Orion to its right. The moon will pass over the star, occulting it, providing us with a stellar occultation. Below is a map of Taurus (with Orion). The red mark within the red circle reveals ζ Taurus' location in the constellation.

The location map below will alert you if, by chance, you will be able to view the occultation of ζ Taurus. The lunar magnitude at this point will be +61, meaning the moonlight might block out some of the star's light, when the moon approaches the location of the star. Read more here.

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