18 February 2020 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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Christopher K.
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18 February 2020 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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Have you ever seen the Moon cover Mars? Would you like to get up early on Tuesday 18 February? From Baton Rouge, the occultation will be seen between 5:50am and 5:55am CST. At that time the two bodies will be twenty-five degrees off the southeast horizon in the constellation Sagittarius.

Highland Road Park Observatory personnel will attempt (emphasis on "attempt") to show this rare occurence to patrons; the facility will be open from 4:15am to 6:15am. There will be no admission fee and the event is for all ages who will be awake at this time!

More information:
http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/ ... 18mars.htm

Christopher K.
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Re: 18 February 2020 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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Although the forecast is poor currently, it is not bad enough to warrant cancellation of the attempted occultation viewing. An update on the weather will occur at 1am, and HRPO will effectively be open from 4am to 2pm tomorrow.

More information:
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astrono ... uary-18th/
https://www.space.com/moon-occults-mars ... -2020.html

Christopher K.
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Re: 18 February 2020 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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NOAA is predicting fog for the Village Saint George area from 2am to 7am. As HRPO cannot function properly in fog, the attempted occultation viewing is cancelled.

HRPO Public Calendar:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/calendar/2019.html

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