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Grazing Occultations of Stars by the Moon
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Good news from Hiroshima!
The last campaign fo the occultation by (20000) Varuna was successful observed in Japan!
Bruno Sicardy reports from Paris:
A great positive detection of the Varuna occn of Jan 8 is reported by the Hiroshima observatory, with a 12.6 s duration event
D 20h 24m 42.5s ±1.5s and R 20h 24m 55.1s ±1.0s .
The Kagoshima station, about 310 km south of Hiroshima, report a negative observation. I am happy also to see that the astrometric updates were able to pin down the predictions to less than 25 mas.
Here more details of the pre-occultation situation:
Varuna May Occult 16mag Star
3UCAC 233-089504 possibly for Central Europe! New Astrometry! 8th of January 2013, around 20h 31 min UTC Final Prediction update (7th of January) read more...
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European Feed for Lunar Occultations of Double Stars
There is a "Lunar Occultations Add-in" for "OccultWatcher" ready for download to get in OW interesting lunar occultations of double and suspected double stars. Read more..
.Asteroid TU24 recorded from Munich around 1h 10min UT on 30th Jan 2008. Fast motion (5x). Near miss of 11m9 star TYC 4140-520
EU-Project EUROPLANET creates a database for professional and amateur observatories!. Have a look to their questionaire! Read more...
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