Bull's-Eye: Moon to cross Taurus constellation in lunar occultation

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If you look up at the night sky on Tuesday night, you'll see the moon passing in front of the star Aldebaran, the brightest star in the Taurus constellation, in a lunar occultation.

Aldebaran is usually pretty easy to locate because of its red color. Since the fiery-hued star forms Taurus' eye, it's often described as "glaring" at the nearby Orion constellation.

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Not everyone in the U.S. will get to see Tuesday's occultation, though.

Imagine a line going from Los Angeles to just south of Minneapolis. The occultation will be visible to anyone south of that line.

See photos of the lunar occultation from 2014

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Lunar occultation of Saturn
The moon passes in front of Saturn on Monday, August 4, 2014, in a rare celestial event known as a lunar occultation. The photo was captured by Colin Legg of Western Australia and posted to his Facebook page.
On the morning of August 4th for North America, Slooh broadcast an amazing event live from multiple telescope installations in Australia: the Moon photobombing Saturn. This is a screen shot take from video of that broadcast.
On the morning of August 4th for North America, Slooh broadcast an amazing event live from multiple telescope installations in Australia: the Moon photobombing Saturn. This is a screen shot take from video of that broadcast.
Occultation of #Saturn by #Moon tonight was amazing http://t.co/qDR0Qa3b7G
Shadowed half of moon just about to pass in front of Saturn... taken on my handheld point and shoot at 20x zoom. http://t.co/1BGpwlOiX0
Occultation of Saturn by the moon | Credit: C. Legg https://t.co/V72gckIuVG #occultation #saturn #moon #australia http://t.co/PpsE1DNnKu
After the #moon finished the occultation of #Saturn | Credit: P. Koen https://t.co/b4GTL98A1W #occultation #stacked http://t.co/iwyuLSDkYq
#peekaboo"@Space___Geek: Saturn fully out! #Moon #Saturn #occultation @PeoplesAstro @ObservingSpace @AwesomeAstroPod http://t.co/JMX0Ju5kEA"

On the morning of August 4th for North America, Slooh broadcast an amazing event live from multiple telescope installations in Australia: the Moon photobombing Saturn.
From North America, the view starts out with a bang Sunday evening, August 3, during the first few hours after nightfall, when the Moon hovers dramatically between Mars and Saturn. This 3-way line-up will be obvious to anyone who looks up, even from light-polluted cities, and no telescope is required.


After the Moon and two planets set in North America, the Moon keeps moving eastward against the background stars until it covers up Saturn as seen from parts of Earth's Eastern Hemisphere.

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Those not lucky enough to witness this one could have some more chances, since an occultation will happen every lunar month through September 2018.

The next one visible in North America will occur Dec. 12.


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