Friday, February 24, 2006

Minor planet Turandot occultation

Steven Lucy and myself from the Ryerson Astronomical Society attempted to watch as the minor planet (530) Turandot passed in front of a star as seen from Chicago, but alas, the tiniest of patches of clouds appeared but two minutes before the occultation and quickly foiled us.

Occultations are great science because you can directly observe the profile of the asteroid precisely--literally a shadow of the asteroid passes across the Earth.

Turandot was discovered by Max Wolf in 1904.

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