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#1 Nicole Sharp

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 03:01 AM

How do I find or make maps showing where Lunar occultations will be visible from?  Are there any computer applications that can do this?

 

IOTA has maps, but only for occultations happening soon, not those more than a year or so in advance:

 

http://www.lunar-occ...ets/planets.htm

 

http://www.lunar-occ...anets/venus.png

 

In-the-Sky has maps, but only for selected occultations (they won't show occultations of Mercury):

 

https://www.in-the-s...nar_occultation

 

https://www.in-the-s..._visibility.png


Edited by Nicole Sharp, 28 November 2021 - 03:02 AM.


#2 beggarly

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 04:17 AM

Try this:

http://www.lunar-occ...ota/occult4.htm


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#3 Nicole Sharp

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 06:10 AM

I have the IOTA Occult software installed, but it is slow and buggy on my system.

 

From the help manual, I figured out how to generate the world map, but unfortunately it doesn't show enough detail.  Neither does In-The-Sky.

 

https://www.in-the-s..._visibility.png

 

On Stellarium, the Lunar Occultation of Mars on December 7 of 2022 (USA Eastern Time) shows as being visible in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) but not visible in Cumberland (Maryland).  I could keep trying random locations between Pittsburgh and Cumberland on Stellarium, but a more detailed map would be really helpful.

 

The option for "View in Google Earth" on Occult does not work.

 

Okay, what I did instead is "Save Google Maps HTM File" and that worked!!  It looks like Marylanders will have to travel to the Uniontown-Johnstown-Altoona-State College line in Pennsylvania to see this occultation.  I don't know what locations in Western Pennsylvania would be open to the public from 10 PM to 11 PM (USA Eastern Time) in December though to set up a telescope, though this will be visible without a telescope or binocular.

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#4 beggarly

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 09:08 AM

Here's an online application. Allows to zoom in on the 'Occultation Map'.

 

https://eco.mtk.nao....occulx_p_en.cgi

 

Mars occultation.jpg


Edited by beggarly, 28 November 2021 - 09:34 AM.

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