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By Guy Wells
On March 31, 2018 issue of the Minor Planet Circular, the asteroid previously known as 2001 HQ16 was named.
(72834) Guywells is a Main belt asteroid with a diameter of 3-6 km. It last came to opposition in February 2018 when it reached 18th magnitude. Now it is moving through the constellation Cancer, observable at mag +19.5.
(72834) Guywells was discovered by L Ball, in 2001.
Hi, after almost 2 months of clouds there was finally a clear night in sight. I made most of it, imaging until clouds rolled in about 4 in the morning.
I shot these using two telescopes at Taurus Hill Observatory. Its fun to operate two at the same time, luckily its possible from indoors.
Ill also attach here light curve of variable star V0416 UMa that I made during the same night with C14 and SBIG ST-8 on Paramount ME mark II. Other images are taken with 16" f/8 Meade SCT and SBIG STT8300M on Paramount ME mark I. Im expecially happy with Dembowska, I tried to get complete light curve twice in 2017 but clouds or fog always ruined my photometry.
Milkyway was also beautiful as always, I spent some time outdoors just looking at it while telescopes clicked more subs. Worth every second in the cold, windy night!
I've been following somebody on Facebook who regularly images asteroids, and indeed has identified a few of his own.
But this got me to wondering, do these orbiting bodies, of which there must be many thousands, all reach the same kind of velocity?
I guess there are various factors involved. This new asteroid from another galaxy is also intriguing.
For what it is worth, here are a couple that I have observed in the past:
The Kingsmen are at it again! And this time, they've been ordered to chase down the rapidly moving interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua to make analyses and to make sure it doesn't collide with any of the planets in our solar system. It includes images from the ESO, NASA/JPL-Caltech, Pan-STARRS1, and the University of Wisconsin. I wrote the storyline, did the character and spaceship illustrations, performed the voice characterizations, created the AfterFX space animations, and composed the music (as The False Dawn).I hope you enjoy this little adventure!
The Kingsmen, excelsior!
By Cosmic Geoff
Did anyone try observing the predicted occultation of a faint star by the asteroid Massalia on 17th Nov 2017 at around 01.30 am? I saw a prediction and tried to observe it, but was defeated by my telescope misting up after a long spell in the open, despite a dew shield.