Occultations

An occultation is the passage of one astronomical body in front of another, usually a star or planet obscured by the Moon.

Daylight occultation of Venus 18 June 2007 15:30 GMT

Taken with a Canon 20Da with a 400mm lens.

Lunar Occultation of Saturn 2 February 2007

This is a combination of 9 images taken in the early hours of Friday 2 March 2007 as the Moon glided past Saturn. I can count and know that there are 10 Saturns - the third from the top/left is a clone of one of the others. The remaining 9 are genuine separate images. The pictures are not at equal intervals but the whole sequence lasted 50 minutes. Canon 20Da at prime focus of VC200L


Lunar Occultation of Saturn 16 April 2002

These pictures were taken with an 80mm refractor. My view to the West was interrupted by trees and so it was necessary to keep moving the scope to get a clear view. This would not have been practical with my then normal 200mm scope.

Just before

Rings nearly gone

Just after

Just after - detail

Lunar Occultaion of Jupiter 23 February 2002

These pictures were taken with an 80mm refractor. My view to the West was interrupted by trees and so it was necessary to keep moving the scope to get a clear view. This would not have been practical with my then normal 200mm scope.


Jupiter's moons were already occulted. Jupiter itself is just about to be covered by the dark limb of the Moon


Jupiter just disappearing behind the Moon.


Jupiter nearly covered by the Moon


Lunar Occultation of Saturn 3 November 2001

Saturn about to disappear behind the Moon.

Published in Sky & Telescope February 2002 in article by
J. Kelly Beatty

on

A Saturn-Moon Spectacle

Saturn just emerging from behind the Moon.

Published in Sky & Telescope February 2002 in article by
J. Kelly Beatty

on

A Saturn-Moon Spectacle

Saturn fully emerged.

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