Cosmic ballet: UWA scientists join effort to capture rare astronomical event

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University of WA scientists are this week gearing up to catch a glimpse of the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon — Titan — and carry out a raft of measurements, including to see if there are any tell-tale signs of extraterrestrial life.

A cosmic ballet will play out on Wednesday evening, just after 11pm, when Titan passes in front of a brightly lit star, resulting in what astronomers refer to as an “occultation” that illuminates the moon’s atmosphere from behind.

Similar to a lunar eclipse, when the moon passes between our planet and the Sun, the phenomenon will cast a shadow across Earth’s surface — and right through WA.

Period16 Jul 2018

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  • TitleCosmic ballet: UWA scientists join effort to capture rare astronomical event
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletWA Today
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date16/07/18
    DescriptionUniversity of WA scientists are this week gearing up to catch a glimpse of the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon — Titan — and carry out a raft of measurements, including to see if there are any tell-tale signs of extraterrestrial life.
    A cosmic ballet will play out on Wednesday evening, just after 11pm, when Titan passes in front of a brightly lit star, resulting in what astronomers refer to as an “occultation” that illuminates the moon’s atmosphere from behind.
    Similar to a lunar eclipse, when the moon passes between our planet and the Sun, the phenomenon will cast a shadow across Earth’s surface — and right through WA.
    Producer/AuthorCameron Myles
    URLhttps://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/cosmic-ballet-uwa-scientists-join-international-effort-to-capture-rare-event-20180716-p4zrtz.html
    PersonsDavid Coward