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By now, even the mass media will have reported that the other night – Wednesday night at 2:06 a.m. – the bright star Regulus in Leo was eclipsed by an asteroid. This occultation was potentially visible along a narrow path 100 miles wide that happened to pass over our region. It’s very rare for a bright star to be occulted, and extraordinarily unusual for it to be seen from here.

This vanishing of the sky’s 22nd-brightest star lasted about ten seconds as . . .

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