The Lunar Occultation of Antares
Sketch and Details by Michael Rosolina
I was fortunate to be able to view the occultation of the red supergiant Antares by the nearly full Moon as it rose on the evening of June 6th. The Moon was still sixteen hours from full which caused the lunar limb to have an odd, irregular appearance in places. Antares, “the Heart of the Scorpion” disappeared in an eyeblink behind the invisible dark edge of Luna before it ever reached the sunlit mountains and mares.
Antares means “the rival of Mars” in Greek, but it was easily overwhelmed by Selene that night.
This field sketch was done with white and gray Conte’ crayon, black charcoal pencil, and orange color pencil on black paper.
The Moon and Antares
0226 UT 7 June 2009
Friars Hill, WV USA