2016 stellar Occultations by TNOs and Centaurs: Campaigns

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 07/Dec/2016). 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 Bruno Sicardy's 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. Some predictions 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.

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.
- For Pluto and  Charon, the error is about 800km, and for the other TNOs it can be as big as 3000km.
- The star R* and K* are the R and K magnitudes, normalized to a body moving at 20km/s.

- The body offset is at the upper left corner, if JPL ephemeris is used.
- 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 R magnitude Map Other information
08/12 2005 RR43
R= 13.5 2016-12-08-21.562_DR1_2005RR43.jpg With GAIA DR1 positions!
09/12 2003 AZ84
R= 16.4 2016-12-09-08.584_DR1_2003AZ84.jpg With GAIA DR1 positions!
15/12 Bienor
R= 14.6 2016-12-15-13.711_GaiaDR1_NIMAnov15_Bienor.jpg
18/12 2005 RM43
R= 15.5 2016-12-18-08.706_NIMA3_2005RM43.jpg With GAIA DR1 star position!
R= 16.5
Update soon!
R= 16.5
Update soon!
2005 CC79
R= 13.4
Update soon!

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 Felipe Braga Ribas