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#1 deSitter

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Posted 28 May 2024 - 10:51 PM

There is a transit of Titan across the southern half of Saturn's ball tonight, beginning near sunrise in the Eastern time zone. These events will happen regularly during the coming 2 or so years. The first such event was on the 13th. It is a strong test of telescope and eye to follow these phenomena. Titan will be very easy to see near the ball of Saturn, but this is a case where you want to really use high magnification, even excessively high, until it is clear what you are seeing. Then you can back off as desired.

 

The next iteration on 6/14 features a conjunction of Titan with Dione's shadow! The exact time of this is 2024/6/14 @ 05:58:43 EDT (09:59 Z).

 

Eventually the shadow of Titan will appear on the ball. All of these things are in the 1" range so need a lot of high-class aperture and great seeing. The mutual phenomena of the easily visible satellites will become increasingly intricate as the rings close down.

 

-drl


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