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Volume 383, Number 2, February IV 2002
Page(s) 719 - 723
Section The solar system
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20011767

A&A 383, 719-723 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20011767

Predictions of the mutual events of the Galilean Satellites of Jupiter occurring in 2002-2003

J.-E. Arlot

Institut de mécanique céleste et de calcul des éphémérides - Observatoire de Paris, UMR 8028 du CNRS, 77 avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France

(Received 31 July 2001 / Accepted 21 November 2001 )

Mutual occultations and eclipses of the Galilean satellites of Jupiter will occur in 2002-2003. This paper provides predictions of these events as well as information useful for their observations. Such events are uncommon, since they occur only every 6 years when the Earth and the Sun pass through the common orbital plane of the Galilean satellites. Therefore, we encourage professional and amateur astronomers to join the networks of observers in order to get as many observations as possible. Data on the predictions of the events are available on the web server of the IMCCE (www.bdl.fr).

Key words: planets and satellites: general -- planets and satellites: individual: Jupiter

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