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Rare asteroid eclipse to be visible in NYC area

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People in the northeast and Canada will have the chance to see a very rare celestial event in the early morning hours of Thursday.

An asteroid will eclipse one of the brightest stars in the sky and block it for up to 14 seconds. The ground track of asteroid 163 Erigone and its occultation of the star Regulus includes the New York City metropolitan area.

"If you live somewhere along the ground track, set your alarm and step outside before 2 a.m. on March 20 to familiarize yourself with the constellation Leo. It's easy to spot in the southwest sky between Jupiter and Mars with the moon and Saturn nearby, too. The backwards question mark that outlines Leo's mane is easy to find. Regulus is the dot below the question mark," said Jane Houston Jones of the NASA Propulsion Laboratory.

The roughly 67-mile-wide path of the asteroid's shadow will be visible from New York City to western and central Long Island, northeast New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut.

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