"The Moon has Two Super Meetings with Two Super Planets and Plays 'Now You See It / Now You Don't' with Saturn"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Feb 11-17

On the evening of February 20, the just-past-First-Quarter Moon will occult—or cover—the ringed planet Saturn.  Weather permitting, this event will be visible from most of the continental United States (except for the northwestern region), Mexico, and the northern portions of Central America and the Caribbean.  Check your local newspaper for viewing information in your area, or see disappearance and reappearance details on the International Occultation Timing Association's site  at http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota.
(Main image shows the evening sky around 7:30 PM from February 18th through 23rd for mid-Northern latitudes.  Inset shows the relative Moon-Saturn motion during the occultation as viewed from Denver.)

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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