Animation of the principle of the occultation

This video shows an occultation. The disc of a Solar System object, such as a dwarf planet, passes in front of a background star. The star abruptly vanishes behind the disc and later reappears, causing a clear drop in total brightness. By timing such occultations at different points on the Earth astronomers can work out the size and shape of distant bodies.


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Publicatiedatum:26 oktober 2011 19:00
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Duur:18 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
Categorie:Solar System



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