The March 3rd
lunar eclipse was widely viewed by denizens
of planet Earth.
But only a day before, well placed observers could
a lunar occultation of Saturn as the planet passed behind the
nearly Full Moon.
From Selsey, UK, astronomer Pete Lawrence actually saw
Saturn graze the lunar limb, the Moon's bright surface
a substantial part of the gas giant's
In this summary view of the
occultation, south is up and
Saturn's position is shown every 90 seconds in a composite of images
constructed from video frames.
The frames were all recorded near the
event, then combined and adjusted to compensate for the
large difference in brightness between Saturn and
the lunar surface.