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11/25/2015 – Ephemeris – The occultation of Aldebaran is tomorrow morning!

November 25, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 25th.  The Sun will rise at 7:52.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 5:06.   The Moon, at full today, will rise at 5:26 this evening.

Tomorrow morning between about 5:38 and 6:29 a.m. the Moon will pass in front of the bright star Aldebaran.  The event is called an occultation.  Aldebaran is the bright reddish star in the V-shaped face of the constellation Taurus the bull, which is seen in the sky charging Orion the hunter in the evening sky now.  By the time of this event, they will have moved into the west.  Aldebaran, though bright, doesn’t hold a candle to the nearly full Moon.  I know that a holiday is a good day to sleep in, unless you are getting an early start on preparing the Thanksgiving feast.  In any case the earlier you get out to spot Aldebaran the easier it will be to find in the Moon’s glare.  Check out my posts on bobmoler.wordpress.com for more information.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Location of the Moon

Here’s the Moon hiding Aldebaran in its glare at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning November 26, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Occultation animation

An occultation animation starting at 5:19 a.m. EST showing 10 minute intervals. Computer generated graphics cannot produce a point star. Aldebaran will wink out and back in an instant. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts) and GIMP.

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