I love winter – skies are almost clearer, and the stars and planet-watch can begin again (okay so a bit cold..but wrap up warm and have a flask of coffee with ya..). And today is a brilliant one..!
Lunar Occultation of a planet is when the moon covers over a planet that is behind it.
This is no different to a Solar Eclipse, when the (new) moon covers the Sun behind it..
Interestingly, earlier today we had a penumbral lunar eclipse (full moon in gemini was partially covered by the shadow of the earth..) It took place at 14:34hrs gmt and could not been seen in UK.. but this night…(well, 29th Nov as it will be past midnight).. the full moon moves over the planet Jupiter at about 01:04hrs gmt.
I have just been in the garden taking photos by an ordinary digital camera, and as you can see, the full moon is edging closer to the planet Jupiter (that’s the white spot on the left of the full moon!)
Those of you doing eclipse magical work.. this day is a spectacular double whammy – because not only do you get a Lunar Eclipse, but now a `Jupiter eclipse’
get out there now.. as you have time to look at it.. 🙂
The clouds are moving fast.. so even if it’s cloudy, keep watching… 🙂
ps. hey, the whole thing `looks’ like it’s happening right above my room 🙂 That’s my room lights you see in the photo.
pps. There is one more Lunar Occultation of Jupiter left for this year..and it takes place on 26th December’12- exactly 2 days before a cancer-full moon! I bet Christmas is going to be a very jovial, bubbly wonderful time.. !
Lunar Occultations (explanations & dates for 2012)
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