Patroclus Occultation 2022-07-06 (G* = 13.5)

The interactive map below shows our current prediction for the stellar occultations by (617) Patroclus/Menoetius on 2022 July 6 UT. The prediction is based on a Gaia eDR3 position for the star, corrected for parallax and proper motion, and the v20220303205932 orbit estimate for Patroclus/Menoetius, which has a 1-sigma cross-track uncertainty of 5 km and a 1-sigma downtrack uncertainty of 1 sec for this event (these are placeholder values).

Geocentric mid-time of the event is 12:02:25 UT. The J2000 star position is RA 18:17:50.0 (18.297216), Dec -45:18:12 (-45.303419), and its magnitude is 15.15. Patroclus and Menoetius are moving at 15.7 km/s with respect to the star and their diameters are estimated to be 113 km and 108 km, respectively, for this occultation so central chords are expected to last 7.2 seconds for Patroclus and 6.9 seconds for Menoetius. The system magnitude (Patroclus+Menoetius) is predicted to be 14.9 at event time, so it will be 1.3 times brighter than the star.

Of-date coordinates for the target star on event night are RA 18:19:29.5 (18.324861), Dec -45:17:36 (-45.293333).

Updated: Mar 22, 2022