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Watch live : http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html Orbit and info : https://watchers.news/2017/01/31/asteroid-2017-bs32-flyby-february-2-2017/ Cheers, Gary.
A GIF animation of 322 x3 second frames showing NEO 3200 Pheathon during its close approach in December last year. It's taken me a while to get around to putting this together... Frames were taken during the early evening of December 14th 2017 between 18.11.06 UT and 19.44.57 UT as the object crossed the Perseus/ Andromeda border. The field is just under a degree wide. What I think is a sporadic meteor crosses the field about a second in. I could not find a satellite ID for that time and region, nor do I think it is a Geminind as it seem to come from the wrong radiant. Any comments or observations welcome.
NEO Asteroid 3122 Florence should become visible in binoculars next week. It will pass at 18.4 LD (0.047 AU, 7 million km) at 12:06 UT on 2017 September 01. The magnitude predictions are uncertain, but although it may be near the limit of visibility for smaller binoculars, it should be relatively easy in 70mm or larger apertures at least until the Moon begins to interfere at the beginning of September. The asteroid, which has a diameter somewhere between 4 and 9 km (we should know this more precisely after this pass) is named for Florence Nightingale and will not pass this close again for another 50 years. Although it is classified as a PHA (potentially hazardous asteroid) it will not become an impact threat at least for the next few centuries. Chart generated with Guide v9.1.