Definition of occultation
1 : the state of being hidden from view or lost to notice
2 : the interruption of the light from a celestial body or of the signals from a spacecraft by the intervention of a celestial body; especially : an eclipse of a star or planet by the moon
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New Horizons team members will observe the July 17 occultation from southern Argentina, gathering data that could help nail down 2014 MU69's size.
More than 50 astronomers positioned on both continents set up something of a fence line of telescopes along the predicted path of the shadow, hoping to catch a two-second glimpse of the occultation.
While most of the world will simply see the two celestial objects making a close encounter, onlookers in Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand will be able to watch Regulus briefly disappear behind the moon, an event known as a lunar occultation.
However, lucky skywatchers across Europe, North Africa, and North America will get a chance to see the star slip behind the moon in what is called a lunar occultation.
For specific occultation times for cities around the world, check out this time table from the International Occultation Timing Association.
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