Simulation of Saturn about to be occulted, when the Moon completely obscures the view of the
ringed-planet Wednesday morning, viewable in Australia and New Zealand or on the Internet.
(Image Source: UniverseToday.com )
By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower
Wednesday morning there will be the occultation of the ringed-planet Saturn by a nearly Full Moon. This event will be visible in Australia and New Zealand, but also can be seen on the Internet at this link:
The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0: Link >>> http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/
The Internet web-cast will begin on Wednesday morning (2014 May 14) at 6:15 a.m. EDT / 10:15 Coordinated Universal Time.
An occultation occurs when a closer object completely covers or obscures a more distant object. The Moon, being so close and so large in our sky, often occults stars and occasionally planets. However, occasionally a planet can also occult a star.
When a star is occulted, the star disappears in an instant, and then reappears in an instant, as the star appears as a pin-point of light due to its great distance from the Earth. However, when a much closer planet such as Saturn, with its wider ring system, is occulted, it takes a little more time for the Moon to completely obscure the planet and rings. This is what will make this occultation more interesting for viewers.
More information from UniverseToday.com :
Link >>> http://www.universetoday.com/111836/saturn-disappears-behind-the-full-flower-moon-may-14-watch-it-live/
Source: Glenn A. Walsh, Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.
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