2014 April 16 occultation of Lambda Aquarii by Venus
Quoted from the SEML (Solar Eclipse Mailing List) Yahoo! Group, posted 2014 March 25
I believe that this is the brightest star occulted by Venus (and by any major planet) since Venus occulted 2.1-mag. Nunki (sigma Sagittarii) as seen from eastern Africa in November 1981. The next occultations of bright stars by Venus will be of pi Sagittarii in 2035 and of Regulus on 2044 October 1. Before the space age, astronomers would have flocked to the Tasman/Micronesia region to observe this event, to learn more about Venus’ atmosphere, but now that space probes have descended through the atmosphere, there is not nearly as much interest now, it is more a curious event. Nevertheless, observers in the region are encouraged to try to observe it.
Observers in a narrow strip of ocean just north of the equator will have a central occultation, and possibly a central flash, with a ring of light briefly forming around Venus’ whole disk. During night, this strip includes no land except for the island of Butaritari (and maybe its satellite island Makin) at lat. 3.0 deg. N., long. 172.9 deg. E. At that island, Venus’ altitude will be 34 deg. with the Sun 6 deg. below the horizon. Although the twilight will be strong, a telescope may possibly see the central flash phenomenon. Looking at the aerial view, Butaritari has over 100 buildings and an air field; Makin has its own separate air field. Maps showing the central zone, and an interactive Google map of it (including the southern limit as well, but ignore the part east of the International Date Line, where the event occurs after sunrise) can be found in a box on the upper right side of Brad Timerson’s North America page (although this event is visible from North America only in daylight; it might be observed with large telescopes in the infrared) at http://www.asteroidoccultation.com/observations/NA/ .