In the early morning of January 8, Citizen Scientists across North America (USA, Canada, Mexico) will have the chance to participate in an occultation campaign to detect a trans-Neptunian object!
The TNO known as 2005 XU100 will pass in front of a distant star from our view here on Earth, in an event known as an occultation. Starting at 1:47 AM CST (2:47 AM EST, 11:47 PM January 7 PST), it will be visible across North America. Its orbit is not well defined, so the hypothetical path covers almost all of the North American continent, mostly the US. The more participants that observe it, the more likely we will be able to detect it, and refine its size and orbit. Although this is a very challenging observation, it is extremely rewarding in terms of science.
More details on this occultation including location, timing, and more can be found using the drop down menu below.