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Huge Asteroid Visits Earth’s Neighborhood

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:55 PM

Huge Asteroid 324 Bamberga Makes a Return Visit to Earth’s Neighborhood on Friday the 13th


www.universetoday.com said:

This week offers a fine chance to catch sight of a unique asteroid.

324 Bamberga reaches opposition this week in the constellation Pisces on (friggatriskaidekaphobics take note) Friday the 13th at 2PM EDT/16:00 Universal Time.

About 230 kilometres in size, 324 Bamberga reaches 0.81 astronomical units from the Earth this week. No other asteroid so large gets so close.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:18 PM

Interesting object, although I wouldn't call .81 AU close, at least in human terms.  That's strikes me as almost certainly further than Venus and Mars sometimes are, or did I misunderstand?


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:27 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 10 September 2013 - 11:18 PM, said:

or did I misunderstand?

No you didn't, but it is close for an asteroid of that size. All  comparable sized asteroids (excluding  trans-Neptunian objects obviously) are in the main belt, so can never get closer than 1-3 au depending on where they are in the belt.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:33 PM

Sounds like a candidate for a visit.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:45 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 10 September 2013 - 11:33 PM, said:

Sounds like a candidate for a visit.

We might have to wait a while. The article says that it only reaches a favourable opposition every 22 years. As we've missed this chance it looks like 2035 will be our next opportunity. I'll be 69 by then.

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