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Occultation of Mars

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General Description of the Occultation

On 10th May 2008, in the full light of the day, observers at the Iberian Peninsula will have the chance to see how a nearly crescent Moon, 26 degrees high in the sky, occults the planet Mars to their eyes.

Imatge general, en la qual es veu la Lluna sencera, del moment de la reapariciķ de Mart des del darrere de la Lluna
General panorama of the moment of disappearance.

Imatge general, en la qual es veu la Lluna sencera, del moment de la desapariciķ de Mart rere la Lluna
General panorama of the moment of reappearance.

Imatge en detall del moment de la reapariciķ de Mart des del darrere de la Lluna
Detail of the moment of reappearance.

Imatge en detall del moment de la desapariciķ de Mart darrere de la Lluna
Detail of the moment of disappearance.

Images of the occultation as seen from Barcelona, obtained with the Celestia simulator.

Detailed observation will probably be complicated at the moment of reappearance, given the magnitude of Mars (1.3), as it takes place on the bright side of the Moon.

From Where and When Will It Be Observable?

Occultations are astronomical events which can only be observed from some tracks on the surface of the Earth each time. Moreover, its appearance changes a lot from one place to another. In this case, the occultation of Mars will be observable from the south-east of Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe - except the north of Russia, Scandinavia, the north of Great Britain and Iceland - and the north of Africa.

Mapa, cortesia de la IOTA, on s'indiquen les zones geogrāfiques des de les quals es podrā observar l'ocultaciķ
Map in which the areas from which the occultation of Mars on 10th May 2008 will be observable
Courtesy: IOTA


DisappearanceReappearence
Barcelona11:55:40 TU13:04:25 TU
Madrid11:52:05 TU12:57:53 TU

Attention!: Given the features of occultations, we recommend to start the observation at least some minutes before the event starts.

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