Astrophotography by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Lunar Occultation Image Gallery

Although occultations can occur in a variety of ways, the heavenly body most often involved is our moon which inevitably will occult (or eclipse) background stars, other planets as well as asteroids. The study of occultations is important, for example, for the study of the moon's limb and its profile thanks to the grazing of lunar features such as mountains.

What is perhaps more interesting but not as frequent is occultations involving the moon and one of the planets. Typically the planets involved are Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Due to the great magnitude difference between the moon (any phase) and any of these planets, the photography of these events can be challenging.

Without doubt, the most stunning example of the moon occulting another body is that involving the sun which, of course, leads to a solar eclipse. This special example of an occultation is available elsewhere on this site.

Note: Anyone interested in pursuing various timing projects should visit the site of International Occultation and Timing Association (aka IOTA).

Please click on any image for a larger rendition with further details.

Lunar Occultations Involving Planets

Venus
2004-05-21

Jupiter
2005-05-19

Mars
2006-07-27

Venus
2007-06-18

Venus
2010-05-16

Lunar Occultations Involving Stars

Regulus
2007-05-23