Successful observation of the occultation by Himalia iota software 10m5 star! Observed from stations in Poland and Ukraine. Positive chords from the Himalia event are to be reported. Also positive observtions in the Ukraine.
Himalia, an irregulate satellite of Jupiter will occult a 10mag star on the 20th of May 2018 around 22h 16min UTC for northern and eastern Europe. The occultation track has moved about 180 km north! ESOP XXXVII in Czech Republic You are invited to take part in the ESOP XXXVII conference on Occultation Projects in Rokycany – Plzen from the 24th ot 29th of August 2018. Grazing Occultations of stars by the moon are local events and thus require an individual selection according to personal observation preferences. The GRAZPREP-software assists in all aspects of finding individually interesting events as well as selecting the best observing stations promising the most contacts between the star and the lunar limb in high resolution. Find more informations about this software package! On 28th of January 2018, around 21h55min UTC, the TNO 2002TC302 occults a 15m8 star.
Flora occults TYC 1341-00957-1 on 2018 Jan 13 A campaign has been set up for this event. Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring! The trans-neptunian belt contains four dwarf planets, among which Haumea stands out for its extremely elongated shape and rapid rotation. Researchers around Jose-Luis Ortiz and Pablo Santos-Sanz published a paper in Nature, that showed a ring around Haumea. This is the first trans-Neptunian object with a ring. One of the most interesting and unexpected findings was the discovery of a ring around Haumea. Jupiter and Neptune, belonging to a group called centaurs, have dense rings around them, which came as a big surprise.