In 2014, the ringed planet Saturn and Earth’s moon are in a cycle of 13 occultations – events during which the moon covers Saturn – that advance from Antarctica through the Northern Hemisphere over the year. Southern Hemisphere stargazers have already been enjoying these Saturn occultations, as the photos on this page show. And tomorrow morning – if you get up early – you can watch this dramatic event online: the moon covering Saturn! Astronomers call this event an occultation of Saturn by the moon.
Slooh will broadcast this event live from multiple telescope installations in Australia. Click here to go to Slooh’s broadcast page. They’re describing it as:
… the moon photobombing Saturn.
Watch during the broadcast as the moon hogs the spotlight and crosses in front of Saturn and its moons, blocking them from our field of view. Coverage will begin on Monday, August 4, starting at 4 a.m. PDT / 7 a.m. EDT / 11:00 UTC. Viewers can watch free on Slooh.com using their favorite device. The live image stream will be hosted by Geoff Fox, accompanied by expert commentary from Slooh astronomer Bob Berman and Slooh engineer Paul Cox. Viewers can ask questions during the show by using hashtag #SloohMoonBomb