Well, we saw it – or rather we saw it, then it winked out, and then it was there again. Magnitude 10.5 TYCO 0528-00946-1 star in Aquarius winked out for about 2 seconds while Gary Jacobson, Ken Cantrell, Marion Hochuli, Tom Calderwood and I watched.
This was an occultation by 694 Ekard, a 12.6 Mag asteroid discovered by Joel Hasting Metcalf on November 7, 1909 from Taunton, Massachusetts. Metcalf went to Harvard Divinity Schoolwhere he studied to become a Unitarian minister, serving in Vermont, Taunton and Winchester, Massachusetts and finally in Portland Maine. He died in 1925 just after his 59th birthday, but not before discovering several comets, including 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf and 97P/Metcalf-Brewington. He also discovered 41 asteroids, several of them bearing names obviously linked to his alma-mater and areas where he served as minister.
To capture this event we used a borrowed Sony Camcorder (thanks Glenn Meurer!) and recorded the event on both VHS tape and MiniDV tape. Audio timing signals from WWV were broadcast onto the tapes.
Also successfully witnessing the event were ATMoB members Mike Mattei from his observatory in Littleton, and Mike Hill from his home in Marlborough.
In just a few hours another asteroid shadow will pass our way – this one named Eurynome. Glenn and I are setting our alarms for 3am in order to record this early morning event.