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Paper: Past and Future Mutual Events of the Natural Planetary Satellites: Need of a Network of Observation
Volume: 370, Solar and Stellar Physics Through Eclipses
Page: 58
Authors: Arlot, J.-E.; Stavinschi, M.
Abstract: The transit of the Earth and the Sun in the equatorial plane of the planets makes possible the occurrence of mutual eclipses and occultations between the planetary satellites. The observations of such events are very fruitful because of the accuracy of the data obtained. Such events occur only during the equinox time of the planets i.e. every 6 years for Jupiter (..., 1997, 2003, 2009, ...), every 15 years for Saturn (..., 1995, 2010,...) and every 42 years for Uranus (..., 2007,...). Since these events are rare and occur at any time during a short period of a few months, a worldwide network of observers is very important. We will explain the specific nature of these observations and encourage the observers to join the network, mainly for the exceptional Uranian occurrence in 2007.
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