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    Tim Haymes

    Two further events that may interest members:-

    1) (4522) Britastra occults a 9.3 mag star on 2017 Sep 22 at 2125UT – alt/az 12/204  No Moon http://ocultacions.astrosabadell.org/IBEROC/20170922_0327-1_summary.html

    2) (56) Malete occults a 10.9 mag star on 2017 Sep 27 at 0300UT – alt/az  41/120 No Moon http://www.asteroidoccultation.com/2017_09/0924_56_51606.htm

    Britastra track is 22Km wide and passes Brighton, Basingstoke, Swindon, Cheltenham, Worcester, N Wales, IoM
    Places +/- 2 path widths may see an occultation lasting  up to 3 seconds.

    Malete track is 129Km wide. The predicted center line passes S Ireland, S Wales, Central England, London.
    Observers South of Leeds may see an occultation of duration up to 9 seconds.

    In both events, the occulted star should completely disappear (and then reappear). Timed observations with an accuracy of 0.1 to 0.2 sec (or better) are requested.

    Please check details using the Links above.

    Clear skies….

    Tim Haymes
    (Asteroids and Remote Planets Section – Occultations)
    Prediction Credit: OccultWatcher feeders and Steve Preston

    Richard Miles

    Thanks Tim for highlighting these.

    Of course ‘Britastra’ is named for the BAA and so it would be especially poetic if the weather cooperated and lots of timing chords were achieved.

    Unfortunately am away in France for that event but will hopefully have returned in time for the second one.

    Tim Haymes

    There was a typographical error in my message. Those planning to monitor the (56) Malete event, please note this is predicted for Sunday September 24th at arround 0305 UT (not the 27th) – Tim. 


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