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Occultation of the Star Regulus

March 16, 2014; 7:00 AM ET

Reposting this blog as we are getting very close to this event!

On March 20, 2014, after midnight (2:06 a.m. EDT to be exact), assuming clear skies and looking to the southwest, a large portion of real estate, including New York state (ranging from Long Island and New York City all the way up to Oswego and Watertown), as well as portions of New Jersey, Connecticut and Ontario (and on the island of Bermuda as well), will see the bright star Regulus completely disappear from view for as long as 14 seconds as the asteroid (163) Erigone passes in front of it. An event like this is called an occultation, when an object in the solar system passes in front of another object in the solar system.

This should be neat and easy to watch, so lets hope the weather cooperates! Here is a map of where it can be seen:

Predicted path of the asteroid shadow. Shortly after 2:06 a.m. EDT on March 20, 2014, observers between the red lines have the best chance of seeing the bright star Regulus temporarily disappear as asteroid (163) Erigone passes in front of it. Click on the map for a more detailed view of the path from Long Island and New Jersey to southwestern Quebec.

Look southwest in the sky at 2:06 a.m.

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