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Space rock to blot out light from prominent star
triblive.com ^ | , March 15, 2014, 9:39 p.m.

Posted on 03/15/2014 8:40:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The Rhode Island-sized space rock will extinguish the light from the star Regulus just after 2 a.m. Thursday for as long as 14 seconds. This blockage-by-space rock will be the most visible such event in North America, an unprecedented marvel that those with no astronomical knowledge can observe.

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The star of the show is Regulus in the constellation Leo, which will be in the western part of the sky in the wee hours. Regulus is what's known as a first-magnitude star...

The spoiler that will temporarily hide Regulus' light is a 45-mile-wide rock named Erigone, which is as dark as fresh asphalt, orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter ...

Observers should see the star wink out, then reappear.

(Excerpt) Read more at triblive.com ...


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1 posted on 03/15/2014 8:40:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Makes me wish I could stay awake.


2 posted on 03/15/2014 8:44:28 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Me too.


3 posted on 03/15/2014 8:47:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Space rock to blot out light from prominent star”

Made me think of Barack Obama and Justin Beiber.


4 posted on 03/15/2014 8:58:31 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I just messed up my tagline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: BenLurkin

Here’s another article with a map, which can be clicked for an interactive (Google Maps) version:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Bright-Star-to-be-Blacked-Out-by-Faint-Asteroid-249327421.html


5 posted on 03/15/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: BenLurkin
Also from the article in my last post:

Not near the path? You're wanted too!

People anywhere from the Carolinas to Nova Scotia to Winnipeg are also encouraged to watch Regulus during the critical minutes and report whether or not it vanishes, and when. The reason? Erigone might have a satellite asteroid accompanying it! Some asteroids do.

(Specifics follow. That path itself is mostly around New York into Ontario.)

6 posted on 03/15/2014 9:17:20 PM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: BenLurkin

“Space rock”

When did they stop calling them “asteroids?”


7 posted on 03/15/2014 10:21:30 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Too many syllables.


8 posted on 03/15/2014 10:27:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Hoping for clear weather.


9 posted on 03/15/2014 10:48:23 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: BenLurkin
Too many syllables.

Then, can we start calling Jupiter "Big Guy?"

10 posted on 03/15/2014 11:27:32 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude; BenLurkin
The spoiler that will temporarily hide Regulus' light is a 45-mile-wide rock named Erigone

Isn’t something 45 miles wide a bit large to call a “Rock”?

Perhaps they should call it a Space Mountain? Or is that name already taken?

11 posted on 03/16/2014 2:22:48 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: BenLurkin

If Regulus does not reappear, we are in trouble ...


12 posted on 03/16/2014 5:48:54 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: fwdude

Have to make that into a rap jingle to help the kids remember:

He the Big Guy
With the Red Eye
Up in the Sky
So tell me why

etc.


13 posted on 03/16/2014 6:23:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: fwdude

“When did they stop calling them ‘asteroids?’”

I’m still trying to figure out why snow flurries are now called “snow showers.”


14 posted on 03/16/2014 7:01:02 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: no-to-illegals

It’s incredible that they can predict this with such accuracy. Also, with just good synchronized clocks and stopwatches, people can participate in real science that is used to determine the exact size and profile of an asteroid. The way this works is that people with exact locations on a map along the path of the occultation time precisely when the star disappears and reappears. Then, that data is plotted, and the shape of and size of the asteroid can be determined. This has been successfully done before.


15 posted on 03/16/2014 7:24:25 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
I’m still trying to figure out why snow flurries are now called “snow showers.”

...or why they don't use "wind chill factor" in the summer time........

16 posted on 03/16/2014 7:29:52 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: no-to-illegals

Makes me wish I could go to sleep!


17 posted on 03/16/2014 7:36:14 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: The Antiyuppie
It’s incredible that they can predict this with such accuracy.

and on Thursday night (those watching) will know for certain they were right or wrong. That is one big rock out there (iirc) 45 miles wide. Whew .... Glad we are sidestepping that one.

18 posted on 03/16/2014 7:36:44 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: BigIsleGal
Makes me wish I could go to sleep!

May you rest comfortably Gal, to wake when you desire.

19 posted on 03/16/2014 7:39:49 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: BenLurkin
blockage-by-space rock

Because "occultation by an asteroid" is too HAAARD ...

(Or do we need a celestial colonoscopy to become 'Regulus' again ??)

20 posted on 03/16/2014 8:10:34 AM PDT by mikrofon (Eristhere .. Erigone .. Erisback)
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To: mikrofon

blockage by space rock

Had that yesterday.

Also got a couple asteroids.


21 posted on 03/16/2014 9:01:53 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: no-to-illegals
Astronomers can tell you all you might want to know about the solar eclipse that will be visible in the US on September 14, 2099. (Personally, I'm more interested in the one on August 21, 2017.)

Next month there will be a total eclipse of the moon visible from the US. From the moon, the sun will be eclipsed by a space rock approximately 8,000 miles in diameter.

22 posted on 03/16/2014 10:27:09 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: BenLurkin

I’m going to guess that the mundane astrologers will view this as meaning the death of a king or great leader, it’s a so-called royal star in the constellation Leo.

http://astrologyking.com/regulus-star/


23 posted on 03/16/2014 10:33:31 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yes, I imagine the ancients would have flipped out if they had been looking there at just the exact moment of any previous occultations.


24 posted on 03/16/2014 1:44:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

They’re fairly unusual. I was wrong though, went and looked, they’re relating it to the US in general and finance/Wall St in particular.


25 posted on 03/16/2014 4:47:20 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Verginius Rufus

our electron?, space rock and home is a beautiful place ...


26 posted on 03/17/2014 11:13:57 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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