BRIGHT PLANET & ASTEROID OCCULTATIONS BY THE MOON FOR 2019


There is probably little new that can be learned from occultations of major planets events in this age of space exploration, but they are still interesting to watch. Photometric records, possibly derived from video recordings, could be used to determine the sizes of asteroids, although timings of occultations of stars by minor planets give more accurate information. - D. Dunham.

2019 proves to be good year for Saturn occultations. Below are world maps, showing the events for the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Neptune and Uranus are not occulted in 2019. Following the world maps are detailed predictions for the occultations of Venus and Saturn.

Observers are strongly encouraged to download the free software Occult v4 to generate their own predictions. Occult has a short tutorial listed in the help file to get observers started using the software. Observers can also use their own planetarium type software (e.g. TheSky, SkySafari, Guide, Stellarium, etc), to get approximate times of the events.


The world map is a Mercator projection showing the basic circumstances of an occultation:

Where a line represent a feature of the event is located in the polar regions, remember that the Mercator projection gives rise to serious distortions in polar regions.


WORLD MAPS OF KNOWN OCCULTATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING PLANETS

Occultations of Mercury
Occultations of Venus
Occultations of Mars
Occultations of Jupiter
Occultations of Saturn

PREDICTIONS FOR VISIBLE OCCULTATIONS

DATE PLANET MAG PH % ILL AREA
31 JAN 19 Venus -4.3 RD 15- w South America, Polynesia
01 MAR 19 Saturn 0.6 RD 20- w USA, w Mexico, French Polynesia
29 MAR 19 Saturn 0.6 RD 40- s Africa, Madagascar, e South America
25 APR 19 Saturn 0.5 RD 63- e Australia, New Zealand, w South America
22 MAY 19 Saturn 0.3 RD 83- s Africa
19 JUN 19 Saturn 0.2 RD 97- s South America, s Africa
12 AUG 19 Saturn 0.2 DD 91+ Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia
02 NOV 19 Saturn 0.6 DD 30+ New Zealand


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