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The brightest occultation for Germany in 2018!
(1756) Giacobini occults HIP 7358 on 2018 Nov 10
In the morning hours of November 10th the small minor planet (1756) Giacobini (diameter 10 km) will occult HIP 7358 (6.7 Vmag) for a maximum duration of 1.9 sec.
In Europe this event will be visible in Ukraine (~02:09 UT), Poland (~02:10 UT), Germany (~02:10 UT), The Netherlands (02:11 UT) and United Kingdom (~02:12 UT). In the case of an occultation by minor planet the combined magnitude will drop about 7.4 mag. The target area is located about 29° above the horizon in the western sky (for position at centre line at E 11°).
Path maps for Europe
About the maps:
The path was predicted by Steve Preston, IOTA, at 2018 Sep 16. The green line is the centre line, the blue lines indicate the path limits, and the red lines the 1-sigma-limit. The occultation will occur between the two red lines with a probability of 68 %.
(Map data: © 2018 GeoBasis-DE/BKG (© 2009), Google)
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Observers outside the path should be aware that paths shifts are common at occultations. Please observe even outside the 1-sigma-limit. Be prepared for an occultation!
Please avoid saturation of your imaging sensor and choose your exposure time carefully for this bright star. Precise data of start and end of occultation could be lost in the saturation of the sensor.
An occultation by (1756) Giacobini was never observed before. Successful observations of the event on November 10th would give high precision astrometric data of the minor planet and a more precise value of the diameter of this celestial body.
Please send your observation reports to:
IOTA/ES, Public Relations