Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Occultation of Regulus January 24-25th
On the late evening of January 24 to the early morning of January 25 the Moon will pass in front of Regulus as seen from Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand sees it at around 4:00 am, most of the east coast Australia sees the occultation around 1 am on the 25th, Adelaide at just past midnight and WA around 9:30 pm on the 24th. For exact contact times for all the major capital cities see this table.
The occulatation is a fairly good one, with the Moon reasonably high in the sky, and can be followed with the unaided eye, binoculars
or telescopes. The only drawback is the time. Still if you are up late watching TV, pop out and watch this celestial gem.