The Moon Occults Bright Aldebaran


January 19th, 2016

Observers in the United Kingdom and North America are in for a rare treat this coming Tuesday night / Wednesday morning. Known as an occultation, the waxing gibbous Moon will appear to move in front of the bright star Aldebaran in Taurus, thereby hiding it from view.

The start and end times will depend upon your location but the whole of the United Kingdom and Ireland will see it begin in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Later, almost the entire North American continent will see it start sometime after sunset on Tuesday night.

If you live in the United Kingdom, the star may not appear before sunrise. However, if you live in North America, the star will typically reappear about seventy-five minutes later.

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Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)


All Astronomical Events for January 19th, 2016

06:21 UT – The waxing gibbous Moon is south of M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Taurus, evening sky.)

Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.


All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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