In this live presentation, you will learn all about asteroids, asteroid occultations, preparing for and actually capturing an asteroid occultation with the eVscope!
Our team in Marseille will be observing asteroid 1403 Idelsonia occult (pass in front of) a bright star. Part of that team will be Franck Marchis, Chief Scientific Officer of Unistellar and Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute:
“Outer space is full of mysteries. Being able to show live how a 27-kilometer asteroid dims the light of a star and explain what we will learn from that occultation is a unique opportunity to reveal some of the unknowns of space and raise awareness about asteroids on Asteroid Day.”
Quick Facts: Asteroid 1403 Idelsonia
Located in the asteroid belt, asteroid Idelsonia lies roughly between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroids within the asteroid belt are referred to as main-belt asteroids. Hundreds of thousands of asteroids have already been discovered, though millions are estimated to exist.
- Size: about 16 miles (27 kilometers) across
- Discovery: August 13, 1936 by Georgian–Russian astronomer Grigory Neujmin, credited with the discovery of 74 asteroids
- Name: in honor of Soviet astronomer, N. I. Idelson
Want to observe on your own?
Not only can you watch this observation live, you can also observe main-belt asteroid Idelsonia from your backyard! Check out our asteroid occultation predictions page for more details on this occultation including location, timing, and more.
- Click on Europe on the drop-down menu and scroll down the page until you find 1403 Idelsonia. Then, click on it.
- A map of Europe with the path of the occultation should appear below.
- Zoom into the map so you can see the exact location where you can observe this occultation.
- Check the information above the map to make sure you have the correct parameters and observe for the correct duration.
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