Each month, around the 15th., I receive predictions of the asteroidal occultations of stars for the Scarborough area from a Russian friend of mine. Andrey Plekhanov, who is the creator of a computer program called Linoccult. The predictions are for
asteroids occulting (passing in front of) relatively bright stars. By observing such events, and timing them, it is possible to refine the orbital data for the occulting minor Solar System body, and with sufficient observations of an individual event,
it is possible to gain some idea of the asteroid's shape.
Andrey produces his predictions in tabular form as a PDF file. If you would like to try your hand at observing the best of these monthly events, please use the contact form in the Contact
Section of this web site. Please send your request for the following months predictions, after the 15th of the previous month. Thank you.
If you need a finder chart for a particular event showing the position of the target star, again, do contact me.
There is an interesting software program which enables you to find information about asteroidal occultations in your own locality, as long as you enter your latitude and longitude values. It is called Occult Watcher, and may be found at the following URL: