October  2014 Occultation News in the Palm Beaches and Southern Florida.

Occultations which may be observed in the Palm Beaches.  Please note that in the predictions below there are a number of events listed with a 100% probability of being observed from the Palm Beaches.  These are Lunar occultations typically of double stars.  The first one involves a magnitude 6.4 double star known as 3328.  This is a close double and observations are highly desired. The star is also known as HIP112078.  The event occurs Sunday October 5, at 8:33 PM.  The event takes just a few seconds. Naked eye you may be able to detect a stepped event as the double star passes behind the dark limb of the Moon.  If you video record the event, the video can be analyzed with Tangra or LiMovie and the photometry for the stepped event may become apparent.  View this online slide show for more information http://slideplayer.us/slide/680462/ 

If you observe a Lunar event, please file a report.  Lunar events are reported to Derek Briet at breit_ideas@poyntsource.com

If you observe a Lunar event, please file a report.  Lunar events are reported to Derek Briet at breit_ideas@poyntsource.com

If you observe a Lunar event, please file a report.  Lunar events are reported to Derek Briet at 

breit_ideas@poyntsource.com

 

Lunar occultation events, especially of double stars, are highly desirable.  Please read the material at this link to gain a better understanding of the contribution Lunar occultations make to science.

http://lunar-occultations.com/iota/occvalue.htm 

  The remainder of the events above are those i will be attempting from Redding South Observatory.  If you would like to join me for one of the events, just let me know.  I can be reached at 561-351-1520, or treading@mac.com

The remainder of the events above are those I will be attempting from Redding South Observatory.  If you would like to join me for one of the events, just let me know.  I can be reached at 561-351-1520, or tredding@mac.com I noticed when I generated the list of events above, that initially the time zone was off by an hour.  I caught the mistake because I was modeling the first event in planetarium software and noted the event was not occurring at the predicted time.  It is always a good idea to model each event before making the effort to observe.

The remainder of the events above are those I will be attempting from Redding South Observatory.  If you would like to join me for one of the events, just let me know.  I can be reached at 561-351-1520, or tredding@mac.com I noticed when I generated the list of events above, that initially the time zone was off by an hour.  I caught the mistake because I was modeling the first event in planetarium software and noted the event was not occurring at the predicted time.  It is always a good idea to model each event before making the effort to observe.

For those with an interest in chasing shadows there is an entire community of amateur and professional astronomers that daily coordinate worldwide to observe and report on occultations. The International Occultation and Timing Association (IOTA), where you can learn more about them, can be found here: http://www.occultations.org/


Two resources readily available to those in the Palm Beaches are the web pages maintained here: http://www.poyntsource.com/New/Regions/Redding.htm , and the download site for Occult Watcher located here: http://www.hristopavlov.net/OccultWatcher/OccultWatcher.html

The first is a website updated each month by Derek Briet for amateur astronomers in the Palm Beaches. He lists future asteroid and lunar events. His web products are created with Occult v4. 

The second website is the home of Occult Watcher. This program is the one I use to create the list of potential occultations and mutual events that can be observed from my location, or near my location. It is a very easy to use program that has become essential for those wishing to chase shadows and coordinate their efforts with the larger community of observers. 

Lunar Grazes information can be found here, http://www.timerson.net/IOTA/ .  The page contains a path map for each event predicted to occur in the next 45 days.  Each Graze event also has a link to detailed information about the star and the time of the event.  Tools designed to aide you in plotting the best observation site through a Google Map inspection are also provided.

If you have an interest in occultations, and would like help getting started, please feel free to contact me.

Now lets chase some shadows. 

Terry - W6LMJ - 14.287

Terrence R. Redding, Ph.D.
Redding Observatory South, West Palm Beach, Florida
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This research supported by OLT Research Institute 

American Association of Variable Star
Observers (AAVSO): RTN http://www.aavso.org/