OCCULTATIONS OF JUPITER
The Moon occasionally covers up, Or occults, a planet of star, producing a sight not to be missed, Occupations of jupiter are particularly captivating because the planet is relatively large in the telescope's field of view.
Consult astronomy magazines, almanacs', or sky-charting programs to find out when occultations are going to happen, and whether they will be visible from your location. Amateur groups will often arrange parties to watch these events—check with your local club.
Set up your telescope at least 30 minutes before,the scheduled disappearance. If you have an equatorial mounting, observing will be easier if it is aligned on the pole (see p. 53). Use a low-power eyepiece to center the telescope on the planet
As the Moon approaches, get ready. It always seems to take forever to draw close, then the actual event runs its course quickly. After disappearing, the planet, will emerge frono behind the Moon's limb—it may be an hour later or it may be only a few minutes. The occultation predictions will tell you where on the limb to look for it.