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Gearing up for 2004 BL86

Started by brucesdad13, 01/24/2015 08:36AM
Posted 01/24/2015 08:36AM | Edited 01/24/2015 08:36AM Opening Post
I read in the News section that "an asteroid designated 2004 BL86 will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the Moon on January 26, 2015." I'm hoping for good conditions to look for it. I imported the data into Stellarium and hopefully it's accurate. Anyone else gearing up for a look?

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Posted 01/24/2015 11:50AM #1
Sky & Tel Feb p50 has a good description and finder chart. 2004 BL86 will be scooting along at 2 deg/hour so you can easily see it moving just sitting (or standing) there. Peaks at mag 9.2. and scoots just W of Delta Cancer and just E of M44 (Beehive) between midnight and 2am (EST) on the wee morning hours of Tues the 27th. Traveling pretty much S to N. They are recommending a 3-4 inch scope or larger. I'll be using my 100mm binos sitting in a chair! (Here in Springwater, NY --- it will very likely be clouded out though...sigh). Tom Dey

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