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Will you see the Moon hide naked-eye star Eta (η) Geminorum on 15 November?

13 Nov 2019, 12:14 UTC
Will you see the Moon hide naked-eye star Eta (η) Geminorum on 15 November?
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Magnitude +3.2 star Eta (η) Geminorum is occulted (hidden) by the 18-day-old waning gibbous Moon on the evening of Friday, 15 November 2019 as seen from parts of the British Isles. This looping animation shows the event’s progress as seen from London and Liverpool, clearly demonstrating the effect of geographical latitude; observers in the capital will see it, whereas those in the north and west of the UK will not. Precise circumstances and timings are given in the article below. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.If you happen to live in the far south of Wales and a large swathe of southern and eastern England, clear skies around 10pm GMT on Friday, 15 November will permit you to view naked-eye star Eta (η) Geminorum, otherwise known as Propus (α = 06h14.9m δ = +22°30′ J2000), slip behind the northern polar regions of the rising 18-day-old waning gibbous Moon. The occultation will take place some 30 degrees above the eastern horizon.
Furthermore, those lucky observers who happen to live on a line drawn between Porthcawl of the Welsh coast through just south of Birmingham and on to the Lincolnshire Wolds, this is going to be a grazing lunar occultation. If one is ...

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