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Occultations and Transits
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The Moon can also occult planets. These occultations are even rarer.
Rarest of all is an occultation of a star by a planet and one planet occulting another.
|2 March 1974||Saturn||Moon||Took 10s to disappear on Moon's dark edge.||Newcastle, UK|
|5 November 2001||Saturn||Moon||Full Moon - saw disappearance through binocculars.||Muswell Hill, London, UK|
|23 February 2002||Jupiter||Moon||Gibbous Moon - saw disappearance behind dark edge through binocculars - it faded slowly for 20s and vanished just before 03:00. Around 04:00 saw setting Moon with Jupiter very close.||Highbury, London, UK|
|16 April 2002||Saturn||Moon||Crescent Moon. Saw the two close together before and saw appearance through binocculars and telescope (saw Saturn's rings and Moon's craters).||Highbury, London, UK|
Transits of Mercury occur about 13 times per century; 9 in November and 4 in May. The transit is not visible to the naked eye and must be viewed by projection.
Transits of Venus only occur in June and December. A pair of transits is separated by 8 years but each pair occurs after 105 or 121 years. A transit of Venus can be seen with the naked eye if a filter is used. They are so rare that none occurred in the 20th Century.
|7 May 2003||Mercury||After sunrise - observed it by projection from 07:30 to 11:29 (3rd Contact).||Hackney, London, UK|
|8 June 2004||Venus||Observed it by projection, eclipse glasses (naked eye) and through a large telescope from 06:19 to 12:23.||Alexandra Palace, London, UK|