The Moon meets Aldebaran: online observation of the lunar occultation – 23 Dec. 2015 – animations and podcast
Last 23 Dec., we successfully shared live, online, the lunar occultation of the bright star Aldebaran. It was the last event of a very intense 2015 and we are pleased to provide here the podcast, as well as a couple of nice animations.
The image above shows Aldebaran just seconds before disappearing behind the Moon. The star was covered by the dark border of the Moon and that made the ingress truly scenic for all those connected live to the Virtual Telescope’s webcast.
Using all the frames grabbed around the ingress time, which happened around 18:05:04 UT, we did this very nice animation, beautifully showing the lunar motion:
One hour later, at 19:08:09 UT, we recorded the end of the occultation, documented in the sequence below, this time covering the bright border of the Moon:
Finally, below is the full podcast fropm our live feed:
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