November 15, 2016 – the moon shines close to the Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull. However, the glare of the almost – full waning gibbous moon might make it difficult to see Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster tonight. Place your finger over the moon and you might be able to glimpse Aldebaran and/or the Pleiades cluster.
The above sky chart is for mid-northern North American latitudes, on the evening of November 15. On this date from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa and Asia – the moon is offset toward Aldebaran. In fact, as viewed from the Middle East and a great deal of Asia, the moon will actually occult – cover over – Aldebaran for a portion of the night tonight (November 15-16). Look at the worldwide map below. Everyplace between the solid white lines is in a position to see the lunar occultation of Aldebaran, where the star first disappears behind the moon’s tiny sliver of darkness and reappears on the moon’s illuminated side.
At the west (left) side of the solid white lines, the occultation takes places around mid-evening November 15; and at the east (right) side of these solid white lines, the occultation happens in the predawn hours November 16. The short blue lines to the right of the solid white lines shows you where the occultation occurs at morning dawn November 16.
How do I translate UTC to my time?
For you convenience, we give the local times of the occultation for Calcuttta, India (UTC + 5:30), and Beijing, China (UTC + 8:00)
Calcutta, India (November 15)
Occultation begins (Aldebaran disappears): 21:07 (9:07 p.m.) local time
Occultation ends (Aldebaran reappears): 22:03 (10:03 p.m.) local time
Beijing, China (November 16)
Occultation begins (Aldebaran disappears): 0:34 (12:34 a.m.) local time
Occultation ends (Aldebaran reappears): 1:30 (1:30 a.m.) local time
As seen from the regions of the globe to the north of (or above) the solid white lines, the moon will swing to the south of (or below) Aldebaran tonight; and for the regions to the south of (or below) the solid white lines, the moon will pass to the north (or above) Aldebaran, Taurus’ brightest star.
Around the world, the moon and the star Aldebaran cross the night sky from the evening of November 15 until dawn November 16.