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SIRIUS The Brightest Star Will Disappear February 18

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An asteroid will block the brightest star in the night sky

On February 18, 2019 a four-mile wide asteroid is going to pass in front of Sirius, the sky’s brightest star, and block its light for just under two seconds.

Can a 7-kilometer-wide asteroid make Sirius disappear? You bet it can. That just might happen on Monday night, February 18th. That evening around 10:30 p.m. MST (5:30 UT February 19th), there’s a good probability that the 17th-magnitude 4388 Jürgenstock will occult the sky’s brightest star for up to 1.8 seconds. Visibility stretches along a narrow path from the southern tip of Baja California to the Las Cruces–El Paso region, up through the Great Plains, and north to the Winnipeg area. While only a limited number of people may see this event, anytime Sirius disappears, however briefly, it’s news!

In the U.S. the narrow path cuts through New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. If you live in or near this path, this is definitely worth watching, especially since it will be happening at a convenient hour in the evening.

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/asteroid-to-eclipse-sirius-the-skys-brightest-star-on-february-18/

 

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2 Responses to SIRIUS The Brightest Star Will Disappear February 18

  1. Dan OBrien
    Dan OBrien February 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    That was a real dog of a story………

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  2. Dan OBrien
    Dan OBrien February 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Sirius is also known colloquially as the “Dog Star”,

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