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Posted On: 5 September 2018 08:31 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

Aldebaran’s second closest Moon approach of the month on September 30

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Aldebaran And Sun

The people of the Arab region, including Qatar, can witness a rare astronomical phenomenon on Sunday, September 30, 2018, when an orange giant star called "Aldebaran" will be very close to Moon, Qatar Calendar House announced.

In fact, this will be the second time the phenomenon happens in the month.

On Monday, September 3, the Qatar residents had a chance to observe Aldebaran and Moon together.

On September 30, the angular distance between Aldebaran and Moon will be at 1.4 degrees and Aldebaran will be at the south of Moon's centre.

The residents have good chance to observe the phenomenon with naked eyes over eastern horizon from the rise-time of Aldebaran from Saturday evening to sunrise of Sunday, because the rise-time of Aldebaran will be at 9:03 pm, while sunrise will be at 5:25 am Doha local time, says QCH astronomy expert Dr Beshir Marzouk.

The phenomenon is a good chance to see and observe Aldebaran with Moon together at the same time with naked eyes and digital cameras.

“Moreover, it's a guide for amateur astronomers to know the map of the sky during the month,” Dr Marzouk said.

The diameter of Aldebaran the orange giant star, approximately equal fifty times of solar’s, which means the star approximately fifty times larger than Sun, Dr Marzouk added.

Source: The Peninsula