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Sure, this Superbowl Sunday brings with it the promise of sacks, fumbles and tackles but have you ever seen the Moon run down a star in the end zone? Just such an event, referred to as an occultation, happens this weekend for cheap Canada Goose folks living around the Mediterranean and just maybe for some sharp eyed, telescope owning observers canada goose clearance sale based around the Caribbean region this coming weekend.Update: be sure to watch this Sunday occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon courtesy of Gianluca Masi and the Virtual Telescope Project live starting at 22:00 UT/5:00 PM EST:Live starting at 22:00 UT. Credit: The Virtual Telescope ProjectWe canada goose uk black friday talking about Canada Goose Jackets Sunday occultation uk canada goose of canada goose factory sale the bright star Aldebaran by the canada goose coats on sale 64% illuminated waxing gibbous Moon. This is the 2nd occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon for 2017 canada goose uk outlet and the 28th Canada Goose Online of the current ongoing cycle of 49 spanning from January 29th, 2015 to September 3rd, 2018. Canada Goose Coats On Sale The Moon actually occults Aldebaran and Regulus once for every lunation in 2017. We canadian goose jacket won have another year featuring the occultations of two +1st magnitude stars (Spica and Antares) again until 2024.The footprint for the February 5th occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon. The broken lines show where the occultation occurs during daytime, and the solid lines denote where the occultation occurs under dark skies. Image credit: occult 4.2.The event occurs under dark skies for observers based around the Mediterranean and under daytime afternoon skies for folks in central America, the Caribbean, northern South America and the Florida peninsula, including Astroguyz HQ based in Spring Hill, just north of the Tampa Bay area. We managed to spy Aldebaran near the daytime Moon while the Sun was still Canada Goose online above the horizon using binocs, canada goose store and can attest that the +1st magnitude star is indeed canada goose clearance visible, Canada Goose sale if you know exactly where to look for it.Note that, like solar eclipses belonging to the same saros cycle, occultations of Aldebaran in the ongoing cycle drift north and westward from one to the next, to the tune of about 120 degrees longitude. Though most of North America sits this one out, we do get a front row seat for next lunation occultation of Aldebaran on the evening of March 4/5th. The next one is the best bright star occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon for North America Canada Goose Outlet in 2017. And be sure to check out the Moon this Sunday evening after the big game, and note Aldebaran hanging just off of its bright limb.No, the wind is not shaking the Sharin Ahmad chronicled the motion of the Moon past Aldebaran from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last month. The northern canada goose uk shop grazeline in Florida might make this an especially interesting event to watch, though it be challenge, buy canada goose jacket cheap as the occultation occurs canada goose black friday sale in the afternoon under daylight skies. This crosses right along near the cities of Jacksonville and Gainsville. Clear, deep blue high contrast skies are key, and we be watching from Astroguyz HQ north of Tampa Bay during this event.The northern cheap canada goose uk grazeline across the Florida peninsula for Sunday game Credit: Dave Dickinson.Here are some key times from the occultation zone (noted in Universal Time):Ingress: 20:08 UT/Moon altitude: 23 degreesEgress: 20:34 UT/Moon altitude: 29 degreesIngress: 19:34 UT/ Moon Altitude: 49 degreesEgress: 20:29 UT/ Moon altitude: 31 degreesThe view from Jimena de la Frontera Spain just before the occultation. Credit: Stellarium.Rome, ItalyIngress: 20:21 UT/Moon altitude: 37 degreesEgress: 23:12 UT/ Moon altitude: 28 degreesIngress: 22:39 UT/Moon altitude: 16 degreesEgress: 23:29 UT/Moon altitude: 5 degreesIngress: 21:49 UT/ Moon altitude: 61 degreesEgress: 23:07 UT/ Moon altitude: 45 degreesNote that this occultation spans five continents, a truly worldwide event. The International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) maintains a page canada goose with an extensive list of times for cities worldwide. Note that when the Moon tackles Aldebaran, its also crossing the scrimmage line of the Hyades open cluster, so expect numerous occultations of fainter uk canada goose outlet stars worldwide as well.Aldebaran is the brightest star along the Moon path in our current epoch, along with runner ups Spica, Regulus and Antares. Though Aldebaran is 1.5 times the buy canada goose jacket mass of our Sun, it also 65 Canada Goose Parka light years away, and only appears 20 milliarcseconds (mas) in size, about the equivalent of a 40 meter diameter crater from the distance of the Moon. Still, you might just notice a brief pause canada goose outlet as Aldebaran fades then winks out on the dark limb of the Moon, a tiny hitch betraying its diminutive angular size.And the clockwork gears of that biggest game of all, the Universe, grind canada goose coats on. Don miss this first big ticket astronomical event for February 2017, coming to a sky above you. Next up, we watching out for another bright star occultation, two eclipses, and the close passage of a comet near the Earth.

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