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The Chase for the Faintest Grazing Occultation - A Personal Report

JOA 2019, Vol. 9, No. 4, Page 3

Author(s): Wojciech Burzyński

Abstract: This article describes experiences of observing lunar grazing occultations, especially those of stars fainter than 9th magnitude. It aims to prove that such observations still have scientific sense. In addition to valuable final results, they offer a unique visual effect for free and a guarantee of being kept in suspense for the entire event duration. During grazing occultation observationswe can experience extraordinary moments, soaked with a large dose of adrenaline and euphoria.Observing a dozen stellar disappearances and reappearances caused by the Moon's mountain peaks give the author more satisfaction and joy than a single moment of an asteroidal occultation.