30 January 2023 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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Christopher K.
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30 January 2023 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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This is an extremely rare event from any particular location on Earth. The Moon will slide in front of the Red Planet, hiding or occulting it for a period of time.

More information:
http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/ ... 31mars.htm
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Christopher K.
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Re: 30 January 2023 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 9pm to 1am...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 90%
relative humidity, 98%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, N 4 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "bad" (1 out of 5). NOAA predicts "patchy fog" during this viewing time.

Please keep in mind the occultation takes place only from about 11:25pm to 12:15am. Binoculars are necessary to see Mars in the moonlight. Please do not drive through fog to get to HRPO.

The 30 January 2023 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

More information:
http://lunar-occultations.com/iota/planets/0131mars.htm
https://www.space.com/moon-mars-eclipse ... an-30-2023
https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-occul ... 0-31-2023/
https://griffithobservatory.org/event/l ... y-30-2023/
Christopher K.
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Re: 30 January 2023 Lunar Occultation of Mars

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NOAA has issued a Dense Fog Advisory from 9pm to 10pm. The viewing of the Occultation of Mars planned at HRPO has been cancelled. Please drive safely during the Advisory, and drive only if you have to do so. Please do not visit HRPO property tomorrow until the Dense Fog Advisory ends or is discontinued.
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