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A very cool video of the moon passing directly in front of Jupiter (Video)

 
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A very cool video of the moon passing directly in front of Jupiter (Video)


As the Moon orbits the Earth, we see it sliding across the sky, making a complete circle once every month or so. Its motion is slow, almost invisible to the naked eye, though if you’re patient you can see it move very slowly relative to the stars in the sky. Sometimes, it actually passes directly in front of a bright star, an event called an occultation. Less frequently, things line up just so, and it occults something brighter, like a planet.

Last week, from North America, Jupiter and the Moon were very close to together; from my house in Boulder, Colorado they were less than a degree apart (roughly twice the width of the Moon on the sky). But from South America the angle was slightly different, and on Dec. 25, 2012, viewers there saw the Moon directly occult Jupiter.

Via UniverseToday.com I saw this video from astronomer Rafael Defavari, who was able to take video of the event through his Celestron 20 cm. telescope in Brazil.

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