Occultations

As the moon moves across our sky, it passes in front of many stars. Sometimes it passes in front of planets. These events are called occultations. Because the moon can be rather bright itself, astronomers usually pay attention to the occulations of brighter objects that can be more easily seen next to the moon. However, when the moon's in a crescent phase, it's much easier to see the beginning or end of an occultation involving a dimmer object.

Below are times and dates in Universal Time for lunar occultations involving several planets and some bright stars during the 2010 decade.



Mercury August 4, 2016 at 22:11

Venus September 11, 2010 at 13:07
September 8, 2013 at 21:04
February 26, 2014 at 05:23
July 19, 2015 at 01:07
October 8, 2015 at 20:32
December 7, 2015 at 16:56
January 31, 2019 at 17:35

Mars July 27, 2011 at 16:53 Moon occults Mars.
September 19, 2012 at 20:38 Moon occults Mars.
July 6, 2014 at 01:22 Moon occults Mars.
December 6, 2015 at 02:42 Moon occults Mars.
January 3, 2017 at 06:46 Moon occults Mars.

Jupiter July 15, 2012 at 03:06 Moon occults Jupiter.
August 11, 2012 at 20:30 Moon occults Jupiter.
September 8, 2012 at 11:05 Moon occults Jupiter.
October 5, 2012 at 20:57 Moon occults Jupiter.
November 2, 2012 at 01:06 Moon occults Jupiter.
November 29, 2012 at 00:54 Moon occults Jupiter.
December 26, 2012 at 00:10 Moon occults Jupiter.
January 22, 2013 at 03:03 Moon occults Jupiter.
February 18, 2013 at 11:36 Moon occults Jupiter.
July 9, 2016 at 10:11 Moon occults Jupiter.
August 6, 2016 at 03:30 Moon occults Jupiter.

Saturn January 25, 2014 at 13:58 Moon occults Saturn.
February 21, 2014 at 22:18 Moon occults Saturn.
March 21, 2014 at 03:18 Moon occults Saturn.
April 17, 2014 at 07:20 Moon occults Saturn.
May 14, 2014 at 12:18 Moon occults Saturn.
June 10, 2014 at 18:48 Moon occults Saturn.
July 8, 2014 at 02:25 Moon occults Saturn.
August 4, 2014 at 10:31 Moon occults Saturn.
August 31, 2014 at 18:59 Moon occults Saturn.
March 1, 2019 at 18:28 Moon occults Saturn.
March 29, 2019 at 04:59 Moon occults Saturn.
April 25, 2019 at 14:27 Moon occults Saturn.
May 22, 2019 at 22:14 Moon occults Saturn.
June 19, 2019 at 03:46 Moon occults Saturn.
July 16, 2019 at 07:15 Moon occults Saturn.
August 12, 2019 at 09:53 Moon occults Saturn.
September 8, 2019 at 13:42 Moon occults Saturn.
October 5, 2019 at 20:36 Moon occults Saturn.
November 2, 2019 at 07:21 Moon occults Saturn.

Al Niyat January 11, 2010 at 09:22 Moon occults al Niyat.
February 7, 2010 at 15:09 Moon occults al Niyat.
March 6, 2010 at 22:16 Moon occults al Niyat.
April 3, 2010 at 07:06 Moon occults al Niyat.
April 30, 2010 at 16:36 Moon occults al Niyat.
May 28, 2010 at 01:21 Moon occults al Niyat.
June 24, 2010 at 08:30 Moon occults al Niyat.
July 21, 2010 at 14:18 Moon occults al Niyat.

Alcyone January 25, 2010 at 11:27 Moon occults Alcyone.
February 21, 2010 at 19:00 Moon occults Alcyone.
March 21, 2010 at 00:36 Moon occults Alcyone.
April 17, 2010 at 06:11 Moon occults Alcyone.
July 8, 2010 at 07:53 Moon occults Alcyone.
August 4, 2010 at 16:56 Moon occults Alcyone.
September 1, 2010 at 00:17 Moon occults Alcyone.
September 28, 2010 at 06:02 Moon occults Alcyone.

Kaus Borealis February 9, 2010 at 23:46 Moon occults Kaus Borealis.
March 9, 2010 at 06:11 Moon occults Kaus Borealis.

Regulus December 18, 2016 at 18:38 Moon occults Regulus.
January 15, 2017 at 04:31 Moon occults Regulus.
February 11, 2017 at 14:29 Moon occults Regulus.
March 10, 2017 at 22:45 Moon occults Regulus.
April 7, 2017 at 04:56 Moon occults Regulus.
May 4, 2017 at 10:14 Moon occults Regulus.
May 31, 2017 at 16:33 Moon occults Regulus.
June 28, 2017 at 00:49 Moon occults Regulus.
July 25, 2017 at 10:37 Moon occults Regulus.
September 18, 2017 at 04:56 Moon occults Regulus.
October 15, 2017 at 11:19 Moon occults Regulus.
November 11, 2017 at 16:32 Moon occults Regulus.
December 8, 2017 at 22:50 Moon occults Regulus.
January 5, 2018 at 07:48 Moon occults Regulus.
February 1, 2018 at 18:48 Moon occults Regulus.
March 1, 2018 at 05:33 Moon occults Regulus.
March 28, 2018 at 14:02 Moon occults Regulus.
April 24, 2018 at 20:04 Moon occults Regulus.

Spica August 21, 2012 at 22:22 Moon occults Spica.
January 5, 2013 at 20:12 Moon occults Spica.
February 2, 2013 at 01:45 Moon occults Spica.
March 1, 2013 at 07:16 Moon occults Spica.
March 28, 2013 at 14:48 Moon occults Spica.
April 25, 2013 at 00:29 Moon occults Spica.
May 22, 2013 at 10:53 Moon occults Spica.
June 18, 2013 at 10:53 Moon occults Spica.
June 18, 2013 at 20:16 Moon occults Spica.
July 16, 2013 at 03:33 Moon occults Spica.
August 12, 2013 at 09:06 Moon occults Spica.

Tejat September 30, 2010 at 23:29 Moon occults Tejat.
October 28, 2010 at 05:04 Moon occults Tejat.
November 24, 2010 at 10:55 Moon occults Tejat.
December 21, 2010 at 18:51 Moon occults Tejat.
January 18, 2011 at 04:55 Moon occults Tejat.
February 14, 2011 at 15:26 Moon occults Tejat.
March 14, 2011 at 00:27 Moon occults Tejat.
April 10, 2011 at 07:14 Moon occults Tejat.
May 7, 2011 at 12:45 Moon occults Tejat.
August 24, 2011 at 20:38 Moon occults Tejat.
September 21, 2011 at 05:18 Moon occults Tejat.
October 18, 2011 at 12:16 Moon occults Tejat.
November 14, 2011 at 17:59 Moon occults Tejat.
December 11, 2011 at 23:59 Moon occults Tejat.
January 8, 2012 at 07:31 Moon occults Tejat.
November 25, 2018 at 15:59 Moon occults Tejat.
December 23, 2018 at 01:36 Moon occults Tejat.
January 19, 2019 at 12:54 Moon occults Tejat.
February 15, 2019 at 23:29 Moon occults Tejat.
March 15, 2019 at 07:35 Moon occults Tejat.
April 11, 2019 at 13:25 Moon occults Tejat.
May 8, 2019 at 18:53 Moon occults Tejat.
August 26, 2019 at 06:48 Moon occults Tejat.
September 22, 2019 at 14:51 Moon occults Tejat.
October 19, 2019 at 20:53 Moon occults Tejat.
November 16, 2019 at 02:20 Moon occults Tejat.
December 18, 2019 at 09:15 Moon occults Tejat.