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Near Earth Asteroid 4179 Toutatis

09/22/2004 05:58AM

Near Earth Asteroid 4179 Toutatis
Here is a recent image of Near Earth Asteroid 4179 Toutatis as it is currently passing by the Earth and will be its closest on the 29th of September.

It will pass within 4 Lunar distances from Earth on the 29th. It is bright enough to see in small telescopes. But you must hurry as it is heading south quickly, and soon will be out of reach for Northern Hemisphere observers. You can find it nearby M30 Globular Cluster in Capricorn, Toutatis is currently shining at about 9th magnitude.

The attached jpg is a combination of 21 separate images, at 1 minute exposure each and 5 minutes of time lapsed between each image for a total of 1.6 hours through a 10" SCT telescope & CCD camera from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio.

The Image shows the track of 4179 Toutatis on September 21st 2004 from 03:08:12 U.T. to 05:13:03 U.T. as this Pontentially Hazardous Asteroid swings by the Earth.

John Chumack
MPC # 838 Dayton Research Station

Click here for more about 4179 Toutatis. -Ed.