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    Don't forget to duck

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ter_mailonline

    Monday evening is set to see Earth's closet call with an asteroid until 2027.

    The asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26 - so close.

    It will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.

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    Observers in the Americas, Europe, and Africa have the best seats for seeing this interloper during its brightest time: from 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday evening, January 26th, until about 1 a.m. EST on the 27th.

    During this time 2004 BL86 will be heading northward through the dim constellation Cancer.

    It skims the eastern edge of a star cluster called the Beehive (or Messier 44) from about midnight to 12:30 a.m. EST.


    Astronomers say there is nothing to be concerned about. I'm going to wear a bicycle helmet Monday night, just in case.



    stay safe.
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    Someone named a star cluster Beehive? lol. I'm not sure if that's lazy or clever.

    I kind of like when stuff like this happens. I feel like it helps put things in perspective, shake off the daily bliss and oblivion.
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    What combination of features makes this rock news worthy above all the other space junk. It's a kilometer in diameter and missing by 1.2 x 10^6 kilometer. Today its brightness curve peaks.

    I use FOSS Stellarium computer planetarium http://www.stellarium.org/
    that takes orbital element data from the Minor Planet Center
    http://www.minorplanetcenter.org/ and which has an graphic of about thirty close approaches in chronological order.
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    will we be able to see it well without a telescope?
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    I placed a large magnet in Wash DC ... right in the mall. Fingers crossed !

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    Quote Originally Posted by twoskinsonemanns View Post
    will we be able to see it well without a telescope?
    No.
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