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Important Occultations of Planets and by Planets

Here we present important events for the next 5 years.


Occultations of Planets by the Moon

The Moon regularly occults inner and outer planets. These occultations have no scientific value but show the dynamics of our Solar system impressively.

Upcoming Occultations in Europe in 2018 - 2023


Occultations of Stars by Planets

If an occultation by a planet is observable depends of the brightness of the occulted star. Faint stars are not detectable close to a bright planet. However, if the star is sufficient bright, these occultations are very valuable. They provide new data about the structure of the atmosphere of the planet.

Upcoming Occultations in Europe
For the years 2018 to 2023 there are no occultations visible in Europe.


Occultations of Stars by Planetary Satellites

Successful observed occultations of stars by planetary satellites are very valuable. On one hand they give confirmation of the calculated ephemerides of the planetary moon, on the other hand these events provide new data about the structure of the atmosphere of some moons.

Upcoming Occultations in Europe
There are no occultations of stars by planetary satellites predicted for Europe in the years 2018 - 2023.

Occultations of Minor Planets by the Moon

These events are very rare because only a few minor planets, which could be occulted by the Moon, are getting bright enough to be observable even at the dark Moon limb.

Dave Herald lists at OCCULT the following minor planets:

(1) Ceres		(6) Hebe		(15) Eunomia
(2) Pallas		(7) Iris		(18) Melpomene
(3) Juno 		(8) Flora   		(29) Amphitrite
(4) Vesta		(9) Metis


Upcoming Occultations in Europe
There are no occultations of the listed minor planets by the Moon visible in Europe in the years 2018 - 2023.

The occultations of (9) Metis (8m.9) at 2019 Nov 10 and (29) Amphitrite (9m.7) at 2021 Jan 30 are spoiled by a nearly full moon.