Occultation Road Trip: Join Scientists in the Field to View the Occultation of Pluto
June 27th 2011
For the real skywatching enthusiasts, an opportunity exists to participate in a field trip to record the predicted occultation of Pluto’s satellite, Hydra, of a bright star as the track passes over Exmouth in WA North.
An occultation is an event that occurs when one object is hidden by another object that passes between it and the observer.
In this case, the Pluto system will occult the bright star 2UCAC 24676603 (14m1) on June 27 at approximately 14.20UTC
Dr Marc Bui and Dr Mick Todd are putting out the call for anyone with available 10” telescopes (25cm) or larger who are in the vicinity of Exmouth, or perhaps those willing to make the journey up for the event.