[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Context. In 2003, the Sun and the Earth passed through both the equatorial plane of Jupiter and therefore the orbital planes of its main satellites. Aims. During this period, mutual eclipses and occultations were observed and we present the data collected.Methods. Light curves of mutual eclipses and occultations were recorded by the observers of the international campaign PHEMU03 organized by the Institut de mécanique céleste, Paris, France. Results. We completed 377 observations of 118 mutual events from 42 sites and the corresponding data are presented in this paper. For each observation, information about the telescope, receptor, site, and observational conditions are provided.Conclusions. This paper gathers all data and indicates a first estimate of its precision. This catalogue of these rare events should constitute an improved basis for accurate astrometric data useful in the development of dynamical models.
Astronomy and Astrophysics 01/2009; 493(3). DOI:10.1051/0004-6361:200810420 · 4.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Observations of the occultation of the star 2UCAC 42376428 by (423) Diotima on 2005 March 06 at the Vainu Bappu Observatory are reported. The observed mid time of the event at 15:12:25.1 UT occurred 3.4 s later than the predicted time but within the 1 uncertainty of 4.3 s of the predictions by IOTA. The duration of the event of 4.2 s was found to be shorter than the predictions even allowing for a one sigma uncertainty in the impact parameter. This implies a narrower projected width of the asteroid along the occultation track at the time of the event.
Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India 01/2006; 34. · 0.89 Impact Factor