Lunar Occultation Of Saturn,
02 March 1974
Introduction to lunar occultations.
On 02 March 1974, the Moon occulted Saturn. Predicted circumstances for Orwell Park Observatory were as follows (event times refer to the centre of the planetary disk):
||-4.9° lat, 1.0° lon
|PA of lunar axis
||23:47:27 UT on 02 March 1974, PA 86°, CA 87° from N cusp on dark limb
||0:42:49 UT on 03 March 1974, PA 295°, CA 64° from N cusp on bright limb
|Magnitude of Saturn
Table 1. Predicted circumstances of lunar occultation of Saturn.
Orwell Park Observatory was open to observe the event. Approximately ten people attended and report that they had a great time: it was a thrilling sight watching the satellites of Saturn disappear one by one behind the dark edge of the Moon, followed by the planet itself. They also watched the reappearances. I understand too that Nigel Gage supplied refreshments to keep out the cold!