Moon Covers Aldebaran Today In Broad Daylight

Find the thin moon about three fists left and below the sun today. Aldebaran will be visible along its eastern (left) side. If you live in the eastern U.S., the moon will appear higher up when it covers Aldebaran; in the western U.S., it will be closer to the horizon. Stellarium

I apologize for being late in getting this out, but if you have small telescope and and clear skies today, you can spot Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, get covered by the moon in broad daylight. The occultation will be visible across the U.S., parts of Canada, Central America and Europe.

This closeup view shows Aldebaran disappearing along the moon’s dark limb as viewed at 11:24 a.m. from the Minneapolis area. When using the time table link below, remember to subtract 4 hours for Eastern time, 5 for Central, 6 for Mountain and 7 for Pacific. Created with Stellarium

The moon’s just a thin crescent about thee fists to the left and below the sun, so you’ll need blue, hazeless skies to find it. Once you do, use this table to find the time when the moon’s dark edge will cover the star. I chose Minneapolis as an example. There, you can see the moon blank out the star at 11:24 a.m. and watch it return on the opposite side of the moon (bright crescent edge) at 12:18 p.m. Many cities are listed. If yours is not, just pick the nearest or interpolate between two nearby cities.

The star reappears along the bright limb at 12:18 p.m. for Minneapolis. Created with Stellarium
If you live between the curvy, red-dotted lines, you’ll see the moon pass over Aldebaran today. Credit: Occult 4.2