2018 stellar Occultations by TNOs, Centaurs 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 20/March/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. Moste 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.

We just entered on a new era for the stellar occultations! With the Gaia DR1 catalogue, the prediction errors are much smaller due to a accuracy of the star position and due to re-reduction of the objects observations with the referred catalogue associated with new orbit determinations.

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 R magnitude Map Other information
2002 TC302
15.4 2018-01-28-21h42m30s_2002TC302_GDR1_NIMA.jpg Using UCAC5 Proper Motion
updated NIMA ephem

Several Positives

Date Object Star R magnitude Map Other information
13.0 2018-02-04 4709 Ennomos.jpg Jupiter's Trojan asteroid

2 Positives

Date Object Star R magnitude Map Other information
Quaoar 14.9 2018-03-05-15.726_DR1UC5_NIMAdec17_Quaoar.jpg  

 2002 MS4
15.9 2018-03-16-06.415_DR1_UC5_NIMAsep17_2002MS4.jpg
2002 VE95
16.1 2018-03-20-22.469_NIMAdec17_2002VE95.jpg
12.3 2018-03-21_617Patroclus.jpg Jupiter Trojan
2010 EK139
14.6 2018-03-21-04.240_NIMAfeb18_2010EK139.jpg Updated ephemeris on 15/Feb

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2002 MS4

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