2008 : Lunar Occultations of Planets, Minor Planets and Bright Stars

The table lists the occultations by the day of the month and the object name, which is the link to the map that shows the area of visibility of the occultation. Occultations are not tabulated if at conjunction the elongation from the Sun is less that 15°. The objects considered are the planets, indicated in bold, the bright stars Aldebaran, Antares, Pollux*, Regulus and Spica, and the 93 minor planets that are included in Section G of The Astronomical Almanac.

 
January February March April May June
01  Thisbe 01  Antares 03  Nemesis 02  Neptune 02  Hesperia 05  Irene
05  Antares 09  Nausikaa 05  Mercury 03  Angelina 06  Egeria 05  Amphitrite
10  Europa 10  Athamantis 05  Venus 04  Hesperia 06  Ausonia 06  Flora
10  Lutetia 11  Hygiea 05  Neptune 08  Ausonia 08  Amphitrite 08  Themis
11  Neptune 12  Ausonia 06  Hertha 10  Amphitrite 10  Mars 08  Mars
11  Nausikaa 19  Hebe 09  Nausikaa 12  Mars 11  Themis 12  Iris
14  Urania 21  Regulus 11  Ausonia 13  Hera 11  Hera 17  Antares
14  Hygiea 29  Antares 13  Amphitrite 15  Regulus 12  Regulus 23  Parthenope
20  Mars 17  Hebe 23  Antares 17  Euphrosyne 23  Neptune
22  Themis 19  Regulus 28  Hermentaria 20  Antares
22  Alexandra 27  Antares 29  Neptune 27  Neptune
24  Regulus 30  Thalia 28  Ariadne
31  Nemesis
July August September October November December
01  Nausikaa 03  Doris 03  Industria 02  Industria 06  Neptune 01  Venus
04  Flora 07  Thisbe 07  Antares 04  Antares 07  Echo 05  Eurynome
06  Themis 10  Antares 12  Nephthys 08  Thetis 13  Hertha 06  Ariadne
06  Doris 15  Parthenope 13  Neptune 10  Neptune 14  Hygiea 06  Kleopatra
10  Iris 16  Neptune 24  Davida 10  Echo 17  Harmonia 15  Harmonia
10  Thisbe 24  Aurora 25  Urania 22  Euterpe 19  Euterpe 19  Thyra
14  Antares 27  Urania 26  Thyra 23  Urania 21  Thyra 25  Antares
20  Parthenope 28  Thyra 26  Eugenia 24  Thyra 29  Mercury
20  Neptune 30  Industria 29  Jupiter
27  Aurora 31  Antares
29  Nausikaa
30  Ausonia
31  Ceres

* The 5 bright stars are those that are typically considered in The Diary of Phenomena in Section A of The Astronomical Almanac. However, due primarily to precession, it is known that Pollux has not, nor will be, occulted by the Moon for hundreds of years.

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