Astrophotographer Kwon O Chul made a wonderful time lapse video of the occultation of Venus by the Moon. You can see it on Vimeo. It seems that Vimeo is the place where the time lapse people hang out. My friend Mark Melnyk posts all of his time lapse videos there. Check them out. An occulation is simply where one object passes in front of another. This event is very useful in astronomy, cosmology and astrophysics. We can search for extrasolar planets using the fact that when a planet passes in front of its sun, the occultation will cause a drop in the amount of light we view on Earth.
These dips in the light curves can tell scientists many things about the planet and the sun it is orbiting.
My friends at the Center for Solar System Science take many light curves to study asteroids, but when one asteroid occults another, they can gather a lot of extremely useful data. Bob Stephens is currently working with NASA to gather data for the Dawn mission that just departed Vesta on its way to Ceres.
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