Graze logo

2014 May 14

An occultation of Saturn by The Moon was recorded by a number of observers in Australia and NZ.

Sadly only 2 set of times was recorded for this event One by Diana Watson using Visual method and the other by Dave Herald using video OSD (see YouTube link below).

The pictures below show how spectacular the event was.

Occultation prediction for Canberra
E. Longitude  149  9  0.0,  Latitude -35 17  0.0,  Alt.  680m;  Telescope dia 15cm;  dMag 0.0
       day  Time   P   Star  Sp  Mag  Mag    % Elon Sun  Moon   CA   PA  VA  AA Libration   A   B   RV   Cct   durn R.A. (J2000)  Dec   Mdist   SV
 y   m  d  h  m  s      No  D     v    r V  ill     Alt Alt Az   o    o   o   o   L    B   m/o m/o  "/s    o   sec  h  m   s    o  m  s   Mm   m/s
14 May 14 10 52 54 D Saturn      0.1  0.1  100+ 175     46  74  37N  83 208  66 -4.8 -3.0 +1.6-0.7 .397   26.5     15 11  6.3 -15 13 25 371.0 807.0
   Distance of Saturn to Terminator = 1.1"; to 3km sunlit peak = 0.0"
   Duration of planetary disk occultation: predicted time +/-23.0 secs
14 May 14 12  0  6 R Saturn      0.1  0.1  100+ 176     59  57 -87S 316  90 299 -5.0 -2.9 +1.2-2.4 .363  153.3     15 11  6.3 -15 13 25 370.0 738.5
   Duration of planetary disk occultation: predicted time +/-25.1 secs

Diana Watson,  Thornton, near Whakatane, NZ
Peter Anderson, QLD,AU
Terry Cuttle, QLD, AU
Dave Herald, Murrumbateman, NSW, AU

Many other potential observers were clouded out in both AUS and NZ


Link to Dave's YouTube Movie of the event
Dave has speeded up the event so that you can appreciate the effect of the events.

Saturn Lunar
Terry Cuttle's composite image showing Saturn passing the moon

Saturn Lunar
Peter Anderson's image showing Saturn close to the moon

Saturn Lunar
Steve Kerr's image showing Saturn near to the moon

Observational Data:

Observation details for MP  Moon
By Planet  Saturn P 6000 
On 2014-05-14  at 11:56:15.0


Observer   Diana Watson
Location   Thornton near Whakatane, NZ
Longitude  +176:51
Latitude   -37:55
Altitude   3 m
Datum      Other
Telescope SCT including Cass and Mak
Aperture  200 cm
Camera Type  Visual         Other
Camera Delay 0.5
Timing     Tape Recorder + time signal Visual, no PE applied
Disappearance  11:55:34.00
Reappearance   00:00:00.00
Comments: Only timed disappearance of Saturn and rings, wispy cloud upset accurate timings for the return.  


Observer   Dave Herald
Location   Murrumbateman, NSW, AU
Longitude  +148:59
Latitude   -34:57
Altitude   594 m
Datum      WGS84
Telescope SCT including Cass and Mak
Aperture   40 cm
Seeing     Slight flickering Clear
Camera Type  CCD            Other
Camera Delay 0
Timing     GPS - time inserted Video with frame analysis
Disappearance  10:51:57:00.00
Reappearance   11:59:16:00.00
Comments: Times taken from You Tube video. 


Return to 2014 occultation results

[Site Map] [What's an Occultation?]
[Total Occultations] [Grazing Occultations] [Planetary Occultations] [Jovian Satellite Eclipses]
[Timing Occultations] [Reporting Observations] [Coming Events] [Software]
[About Us] [Publications] [Membership] [Links]

[Top of Page][Return to Home Page]