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Occultation of Aldebaran, October 19, 2016

21 Nov 2016, 01:02 UTC
Occultation of Aldebaran, October 19, 2016
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Finally during this series of 49 consecutive lunations where someplace on Earth will see our Moon occult Aldebaran, the weather cooperated when Aldebaran was occulted over my girlfriend's home in South Bend, Indiana early on October 19.http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/moon-covers-bright-star-aldebaran/Illinois astronomer Curt Renz's predictions for Chicago.http://www.curtrenz.com/occultations.htmlhttp://www.curtrenz.com/astronomy.htmlLate that Tuesday night (October 18), as Aldebaran rose above my girlfriend's garage, I could see it naked eye, even though the Moon was closing in. Around midnight, however, the light from the nearby Moon was just too overwhelming to see Aldebaran naked eye, even by blocking out the moonlight.Nearing 1:00 AM EDST, I went outside to the small enclosed yard between the house and garage and set up a borrowed 8" Dob that I used for the observation. Upon my first look through a 20mm eyepiece (60x) showed Aldebaran in view with Luna.Not knowing an exact immersion time, I monitored the pair for the next half hour. As immersion was imminent, I let my girlfriend Dawn have a few looks. I wasn't going to attempt getting the exact time of immersion, but I did want to be watching as the star disappeared. After Dawn had one last look, I took one last image with my phone. As ...

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