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Asteroid set to pass by earth tomorrow...


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Yeah... I just saw on MSN homepage that an asteroid the size of a double decker bus will pass by earth tomorrow.

I was just wondering, around what time (UK time that is) will it pass by, and will the UK be able to see it, weather permitting ?

Thank you in advance.

-Jamie.

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I just tried imaging the asteroid but no luck. It is supposed to be around magnitude 15.9 at the moment and it is not coming up on my 60-sec exposures with 2x2 binning.

For what it's worth, I used ephemeris data from JPL.

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So it will be visible in the UK ?

Simple answer. Not reallyl!

It'll only be about mag 15 during the hours of darkness, rising to mag 11-ish at closest approach during daylight.

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I just tried imaging the asteroid but no luck. It is supposed to be around magnitude 15.9 at the moment and it is not coming up on my 60-sec exposures with 2x2 binning.

Currently, it's moving at a rate of around one degree per hour. So a bit of a challenge at mag. 16.

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So catching a glimpse of it Luke would simply be a "I've spotted it" moment and nothing more,....

I really can't imagine anyone will see it visually, given that it is of such low magnitude. But maybe someone in deepest Arizona with a 30" Dob might claim it!

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OK, update! Even if Scotland could see it, we couldn't due to lots of clouds!

That's some consolation I guess...

All I ask, is for somebody to get a picture of it and post it on here!

I don't care how blurry, I just want a picture :hello2:

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if that would have hit what would've we expected in the way of damage

No damage apparently:

Asteroid 2011 MD was 10 meters accross, and under 25 meters, they burn up in the atmosphere:

http://www.space.com/12067-asteroid-2011-md-close-earth-flyby-june-27.html

What worries me is LINEAR (the automatic telescope used for detecting Near Earth Objects) only spotted this thing on June 22nd...

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....What worries me is LINEAR (the automatic telescope used for detecting Near Earth Objects) only spotted this thing on June 22nd...

What's even more worrying is that a lot of these objects are only discovered AFTER they've passed us. No warning at all!

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OK, update! Even if Scotland could see it, we couldn't due to lots of clouds!

That's some consolation I guess...

All I ask, is for somebody to get a picture of it and post it on here!

I don't care how blurry, I just want a picture :)

I can send you pics of clouds :(

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