Stellar Eclipse on Feb 18/19, 2019

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Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, might be eclipsed by an asteroid in a few days:

https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/will-sirius-disappear/

Can a 7-kilometer-wide asteroid make Sirius disappear? You bet it can. That just might happen on Monday night, February 18th. That evening around 10:30 p.m. MST (5:30 UT February 19th), there's a good probability that the 17th-magnitude 4388 Jürgenstock will occult the sky's brightest star for up to 1.8 seconds. Visibility stretches along a narrow path from the southern tip of Baja California to the Las Cruces–El Paso region, up through the Great Plains, and north to the Winnipeg area. While only a limited number of people may see this event, anytime Sirius disappears, however briefly, it's news!

A map is available for where it will be visible from: http://www.poyntsource.com/New/Google/20190219_62950.HTM

Just don't blink. You may miss it.
 
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Interesting map, thanks. Not visible from my location but I probably would have blinked, or looked aside at the crucial moment.
 

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