2018 stellar Occultations by TNOs, Centaurs, irregular satellites and Trojans:


Here you find predictions to selected stellar occultations by TNOs/Centaurs, that are under campaign. We will do our best to update the prediction maps, so be alert for changes in this page (last update on 10/Dec/2018). If you can observe (or know who can) any of these occultations, please contact us(ribas-at-on.br or bruno.sicardy-at-obspm.fr).

Information about the predictions can be found in Lucky Star project web page and in Assafin et al. 2010 (for Pluto system predictions), Assafin et al. 2012 (for the TNO predictions) and Camargo et al. 2014 (for TNO and Centaur predictions). Please, do references about the predictions to Assafin et al. 2010 and 2012 or Camargo et al 2014 papers. Most predictions here are done with our own ephemeris, this is indicated on the top of the maps as NIMA ephem. NIMA-ephemeris is calculated by Josselin Desmars and provided by a numerical integration of the motion of the asteroid and by a fit to asteroid's observations Desmars et al. 2015. The observations come from Minor Planet Center and our own observations made at ESO, Pic du Midi, Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada and Observatorio do Pico dos Dias.

Visit Bruno Sicardy's bibliogaphy web page too see some of our publications.
Visit http://occresults.ga/  for all the results on TNO and Centaur occultations obtained so far.

We just entered on a new era for the stellar occultations! With Gaia DR2 catalogue, the prediction errors are much smaller due to a accuracy of the star position and to re-reduction of the objects observations with the referred catalogue associated and new orbit calculation.

Informations about the maps (please read at least once!):
- The straight and continue lines are the shadow limits considering the estimated radius;
- Each red dot is spaced by one minute, the nominal occultation time is to the big red dot (that is the geocentric closest approach);
- The arrow shows the direction of the shadow motion.
- The star R* and K* are the R and K magnitudes, normalized to a body moving at 20km/s.

- Be careful, the dates are from the moment of the event in Universal Time, the night of the event may begin at the date before.


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Date Object Star G magnitude Map Other information
Priamus 12.5 2018-12-10T05_12_22.000_Priamus.png
17.2 2018-12-11_03h28m20s_Chaos_GAIADR1pmGPS1_NIMAv1.png Updated with recent Calar Alto positions:
14.3 2018-12-11T16_58_36.000_Hektor.png
12.7 2018-12-13T18_20_16.000_Leucus.png Lucy mission target!
15/12  Echeclus 16.0 2018-12-15-10.422_DR2_NIMAjan2017_Echeclus.jpg
15/12 Deiphobus 14.2 2018-12-15T13_03_33.000_Deiphobus.png
12.5 2018-12-17T08_45_13.000_Polymele.png

 2005 RM43
13.5 2018-12-24-02.391_NIMAnov18_2005RM43.jpg
14.1 2018-12-25-14.896_DR2pm_NIMAj17_Chaos.jpg Updated with recent Calar Alto positions:
15.7 2018-12-27-03.862_DR1_NIMAnov17_Salacia.jpg It has a big satellite, but the orbit is not well known.
14.7 2018-12-28T20_32_27.000_Paris.png
 2002 WC19
16.4 2018-12-30-11.906_dr1UC5_NIMAfeb2018_2002WC19.jpg

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 Felipe Braga Ribas