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Huge Asteroid Visits Earth’s Neighborhood

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

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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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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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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Sounds like a candidate for a visit.

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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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