978 Aidamina, 2.05 second even
- On Thursday night, October 23rd, my husband Bill and I witnessed an
asteroidal event..My son Richard is an astronomer, and I will quote his
own words as posted on the IOTA occultations website:
"I observed a 2.05 second occultation by 978 Aidamina from 11 km west of
predicted center in Balmorhea, Texas. While set up for over 45 minutes a
truck with high beams drives right past me at 5 mph causing substantial
glare only during the 3 seconds of the event. Fortunately, this being a
m=8.3 mag bright star, I was able to extract the times of disappearance
Lat = 30d 59' 34.0",
Long = 103d 45" 20.5",
Elev = 1026 m.....
D = 9h 18m 28.95 sec,
R = 9h 18m 31.0 sec,
Duration = 2.05 +/ - 0.1 seconds....
Ft. Davis, Texas
To see his set-up, go to URL:
>>>>>It was a thrilling experience for Bill and I..We did some more stargazing with his larger scope behind his house in
Ft. Davis - His backyard faces the McDonald Observatory on Mt. Locke.
~Bill & Lainie Nugent~