FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Mars will disappear behind the moon later this week.
Last night, the Moon passed in front of Mars, resulting in a so called lunar occultation of the planet. This video by ASTRONOCHES Observaciones astronómicas, captures the event [source, full video: https://t.co/43RNTTmoSV] pic.twitter.com/NMH5M86EzA
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) September 7, 2020
An occultation is when a solar system body passes in front of a more distant object, partially or totally hiding the farther object.
There are lunar and asteroid occultations.
During the upcoming occultation, Mars disappears behind the dark side of the moon.
It will then reappear from behind the moon's illuminated side.
This typically occurs in less than five minutes.
The next lunar occultation will occur on April 17.
Lunar occultations are only visible from a small part of the world.
That's because the moon is relatively close to Earth.
The International Occultation Timing Association provides detailed information about upcoming occultations.
Unfortunately, the lunar occultation of Mars will only be visible in parts of southeast Asia during the evening.
Gear Up for the Lunar Occultation of Mars on April 17th!
An Occultation is similar to an eclipse where a closer object covers the farther object. We plan to stream the occultation of Mars by Moon on April 17 live over our YouTube Channel:https://t.co/PrHWaJc28H#Pune pic.twitter.com/TDpM35YmFB
— IUCAA Scipop (@IUCAAScipop) April 6, 2021
So, you won't be able to see it here in the Summit City.
The IOTA has a map for where it's going to be visible.
The next occultation that will be visible in the United States will happen on April 24.