ASTEROID 472 ROMA OCCULTATION OF Delta Ophiuchi
During the night of 8/9 July 2010 asteroid 472 Roma with a diameter of about 50 km passed in front of Delta Ophiuchi, a naked eye star with a magnitude of 2.7.
Occultation path (PORTUGAL) The occultation was visible along a path of about 50 km wide, crossing central Europe, Spain and Portugal. Asteroids are generally too small to be resolved by ground-based observatories and asteroid occultations are extremely rare. Precise occultation timings recorded by observers along the path are invaluable for the determination of the asteroid shape and size. A group of Portuguese Amateur Astronomers (APAA) were able to observe this rare event. The several groups were distributed along the occultation path: 1- Rui Gonçalves (team leader) & Juan Gonçalves (positive occultation) 38º 47' 56.0"N, 7º 39' 34.8"W
2- Pedro Ré & Carlos Saraiva (positive occultation) 38° 37' 1.3152"N, 8° 4' 50.0694"W
3- Luís Santo & António Silva + Rui Branco & Filipa Pimentel (positive occultation ?) 38° 30' 17.77"N, 7° 35' 44.35"W
4- João Cruz & Sérgio Bernardino (positive occultation) 38°59'19.74"N, 7°12'21.24"W David Dunham (IOTA) organized part of these occultation observations in Spain and Portugal. Several observing teams were able to use portable setups provided by David to record the event. Wide-field Chart
Finder Chart Imaging setup Takahashi FS60C
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Portuguese Team. From left to right: Luís Santo, Sérgio Bernardino, Rui Gonçalves, Carlos Saraiva, Pedro Ré, Juan Gonçalves, David W. Dunham, António Silva, João Cruz, David Dunham's wife (photo by Luís Santo).