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    Default Re: Asteroid to pass close to earth next week

    Quote Originally Posted by heartlandaccents View Post
    Thanks for the heads up. I will definitely have a look for 2004 BL86.
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    Default Re: Asteroid to pass close to earth next week

    Very cool!
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    Default Re: Asteroid to pass close to earth next week

    Got to love the NASA site title on JPL | News | Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26 - 'Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26'

    I guess that's for those that are a little more nervous than necessary.

    Thanks for posting the interesting link.

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    I've loaded this one into Stellarium and ran the time forward to the appropriate date. This is one fast moving hunk of rock!
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    hi, i saw the link for the asteroid but can someone tell me a general area to look for it. any info for a newbie would be great. i hope the sky is clear.

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    Hi Bardo, check this thread here for more info and a fine chart from Gregg1959.
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    really hope it's clear for this one.

    from Asteroid 2004 BL86 to sweep close on January 26 | Human World | EarthSky

    "At 7:44 p.m. EST on January 26 (0044 UTC on January 27), the asteroid will be between the apparent position of Jupiter and the star Procyon. At that time, observers with computerized telescopes can point their instruments to star HIP 41843. By 7:51 p.m. EST on January 26 (0051 UTC on January 27) the space rock will be passing by star 34 Cancer (HIP 41904). Both stars are of magnitude 6. Note that the asteroid’s apparent closeness to a particular star may slightly differ due to the relative close distance of the space rock to our planet. Its nearness to us will change the perspective from point to point on Earth’s surface. "

    When looking on Stellarium (after loading it in the plugins section) it was tough to see it. The label only resolved when I zoomed in very tight. Anyone know how to turn the lable on regardless of brightness? Either way this description worked perfect. Just homed in on the star at the time stated and there it was.

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    e'nuff said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bardo6 View Post
    hi, i saw the link for the asteroid but can someone tell me a general area to look for it. any info for a newbie would be great. i hope the sky is clear.
    I hope the sky is clear too! It will be moving north through Cancer, passing close to the Beehive (M44). There is a finder chart in Sky & Telescope (Feb issue), also one here: Big Asteroid 2004 BL86 Buzzes Earth on January 26: How to See it in Your Telescope

    Here's a thread from earlier. Asteroid 357439 zipping our way
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