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See the Moon hide a trio of Hyades stars at dawn on 24 August

20 Aug 2019, 16:01 UTC
See the Moon hide a trio of Hyades stars at dawn on 24 August
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This looping animation shows a simulated 5-degree-wide 10× binocular view of the waning lunar crescent’s passage through the Hyades open star cluster in Taurus on the morning of Saturday, 24 August 2019 as seen from the heart of the British Isles. The 22-day-old Moon’s position is shown at 15-minute intervals from 3:30am BST to slightly after sunrise. Naked-eye stars delta1 (δ1), δ2 and δ3 are magnitudes +3.8, +4.8 and +4.3, respectively. The article below gives precise timings of the disappearance and reappearance of these stars for locations in the UK. AN animation by Ade Ashford.The Hyades in the constellation of Taurus is the closest open star cluster to the Solar System at an average distance of about 150 light-years. It contains hundreds of stars that lie within a 10 light-year radius that are around 625 million years old.
On Saturday, 24 August 2019 between the onset of astronomical twilight and slightly after sunrise, observers in the UK can observe the 22-day-old waning crescent Moon occult (or hide) three naked-eye Hyadean stars. They are delta1 (δ1), δ2 and δ3 Tauri which are magnitudes +3.8, +4.8 and +4.3, respectively.
The table below gives the British Summer Times (BST) of the disappearance and ...

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