The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Lunar occultation of Sigma Sagittarii

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon will pass in front of Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki), creating a lunar occultation visible from the Contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico.

The occultation will be visible from Ashburn. It will begin with the disappearance of Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki) behind the Moon at 03:16 EDT in the southern sky at an altitude of 23.0 degrees. Its reappearance will be visible at 04:12 EDT at an altitude of 18.9 degrees.

The map below shows the visibility of the occultation across the world. Separate contours show where the disappearance of Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki) is visible (shown in red), and where its reappearance is visible (shown in blue). Solid contours show where each event is likely to be visible through binoculars at a reasonable altitude in the sky. Dotted contours indicate where each event occurs above the horizon, but may not be visible due to the sky being too bright or the Moon being very close to the horizon.

Map showing where the occultation is visible

Outside of the contours, the Moon does not pass in front of Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki) at any time, or is below the horizon at the time of the occultation. However, a close conjunction between the pair may be visible.

The map can be downloaded in PNG , PDF or SVG format. A KMZ file , is also available, which can be opened in Google Earth to provide a higher resolution map.

A complete list of the countries and territories where the occultation will be visible is as follows:

Country Time span
(UTC)
The Contiguous United States 06:18–06:08
Canada 18:42–06:48
Mexico 05:34–05:17

Lunar occultations are only ever visible from a small fraction of the Earth's surface. Since the Moon is much closer to the Earth than other celestial objects, its exact position in the sky differs depending on your exact location on Earth due to its large parallax. The position of the Moon as seen from two points on opposite sides of the Earth varies by up to two degrees, or four times the diameter of the full moon.

This means that if the Moon is aligned to pass in front of a particular object for an observer on one side of the Earth, it will appear up to two degrees away from that object on the other side of the Earth.

At the time of the occultation, the Moon will be 25 days past new moon and will be 98% illuminated. Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki) will disappear behind the illuminated side of the Moon and reappear from behind the unilluminated side of the Moon.

The position of Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki) at the moment of the occultation will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki) 18h55m10s 26°17'S Sagittarius 2.1 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

Next/previous occultations

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Visible from the Contiguous United States Worldwide Worldwide Visible from the Contiguous United States
19 Aug 2021 24 May 2027 Occultations of Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki) 17 Jul 2027 10 Sep 2027
06 Oct 2026 17 Jun 2027 Occultations 14 Jul 2027 10 Sep 2027

The sky on 20 Jun 2027

The sky on 20 June 2027
Sunrise
05:41
Sunset
20:38
Twilight ends
22:38
Twilight begins
03:41

16-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

97%

16 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:15 13:27 20:38
Venus 04:48 12:08 19:27
Moon 21:32 02:09 06:49
Mars 12:01 18:25 00:48
Jupiter 10:04 16:57 23:49
Saturn 02:25 08:53 15:21
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

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