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Star vanishes from UAE sky

HIP 48351
Middle East   HIP 48351

A team from the International Astronomy Centre has monitored and photographed a rare astronomical phenomenon in the UAE, which saw the occultation or disappearance, of the star 'HIP 48351' for six seconds by the asteroid '790 Pretoria'.


Mohammed Shawkat, Director of the Centre, said that this phenomenon can only be observed in specific areas in a narrow region not exceeding a width of 160 kilometres in the north the UAE, especially the north of Ras Al Khaimah.

The astrological phenomenon provided valuable data to scientists.

 

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