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Amazing Video of a Lunar Occultation

Captured on camera by astrophotographer Rafael Defavari from his location in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, this video shows the Moon passing in front of Jupiter during an occultation event on December 25, 2012. Nice work!

Jupiter Lunar Occultation by Rafael DefavariThe video plays at 5x actual speed.

Although Jupiter appeared to be “right next to” the Moon on Christmas night from our viewpoint here on Earth, in reality the two worlds were 388 million miles (625 million km) apart. The Moon blocked the view of the giant planet for a full hour and ten minutes.

‘Tis the season for lunar occultations, too… the last one occurred on November 28, and the next will be on January 22, 2013.

See more photos of the Dec. 25 event from viewers in Brazil here.

Video credit: Rafael Defavari


A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

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  • rospondek December 28, 2012, 4:14 PM

    Magically beautiful…

  • newSteveZodiac December 28, 2012, 4:45 PM

    Rafael can be proud. I love the reappearance with the Jovian moons coming into view first and the distortion from the atmosphere just adds to the, er, atmosphere.

  • Sergio Sancevero December 29, 2012, 1:51 PM

    Thank you so much for the citation of my blog: blog.cienctec.com.br in your post about the occultation of Jupiter by the Moon. I am very proud of Rafael too!!!

    • Jason Major December 30, 2012, 7:15 PM

      You’re welcome Sergio… some great photography there!