Rare Asteroid Eclipse of Bright Star Spoiled by Rain and Clouds

March 20, 2014 10:22 AM

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Rare Asteroid Eclipse of Bright Star Spoiled by Rain and Clouds

NEW YORK - A giant asteroid the size of Rhode Island eclipsed a bright star in the night sky in the wee hours of today (March 20), but the super-rare celestial event was spoiled by Mother Nature for many stargazers, experts say.

Skywatchers stayed up late hoping to see the huge asteroid 163 Erigone eclipse the star Regulus — the 22nd brightest star in the night sky. The fast moving, distant space rock flew in front of the star in the constellation Leo, momentarily blotting out Regulus for as much as 14 seconds in along a sm...

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