Saturn Occultation

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   During the course of the day on Tuesday 10 June the waxing gibbous Moon, as it moves eastward along its orbital path, will pass by the planet Saturn. The two will be their closest at 19 UT (2 pm CDT), which for my time zone and latitude is during the daylight hours as well as before the Moon rises. However as the two rise the Moon will be within a few degrees to the east from the planet Saturn making for a striking pair as this graphic is showing.

   saturn-occultationViewing this lunar-planet conjunction from other latitude locations will show the gap between the two to range from as it does from my latitude to no gap at all. The latter would be at latitudes where the viewing angle is such that the Moon occults, or passes in front of Saturn, which relative to the Moon is in the background. From the latitude of Queenstown South Africa (31o 54′ S : 26o 53′ E) observers will be able to see the Moon occult Saturn as this animated graphic is showing.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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