A team from Abu Dhabi’s International Astronomy Centre has monitored and photographed a rare astronomical phenomenon in the UAE.
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Mohammed Shawkat, director of the centre, said in comments published by state news agency WAM that this phenomenon could only be observed in specific areas in a narrow region not exceeding a width of 160km in the north the UAE, especially the north of Ras Al Khaimah.
An occultation is an event that occurs when one object is hidden by another object that passes between it and the observer.
790 Pretoria is a asteroid orbiting the sun that was discovered by English astronomer Harry Edwin Wood on January 16, 1912.
It is a member of the Cybele group located beyond the core of the main belt and is estimated to have a diameter of up to 175km.
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