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#1 RMay

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 12:35 AM

I know there will be a million pictures posted of the eclipse tonight, but I thought I would start this thread to show a close encounter between the moon and some star that is impossible for me to identify; the photograph was taken at 9:33 PM Pacific time.

 

If my memory serves me, there were supposed to be three possible star occultations during the eclipse(?). Any and all suggestions welcome…

 

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 12:50 AM

That star is HR5762 (TYC 6192-1595-1), a magnitude 5.5 star in Libra. This star passed behind the moon during the eclipse, both being occulted at around 8:24 PM PDT and then re-emerging on the other side just as the moon was nearing maximum eclipse (at 9:10PM PDT).

 

Just as interesting, however, was another star that passed to the south of the moon, that being HR 5756 (TYC 6192-1596-1) which is a double star with components of magnitudes 6.3 and 8.9 and that are separated by 11.2 arc seconds. I was able to resolve those stars in the images that I took with a Stellarvue SV50ED scope (served as a good focus reference).




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