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27-06-2011, 12:18 PM
Cant find a thread on this, but its supposed to be close enough to view tonight (12000km from earth) - anybody got coordinates?
Just look upwards............when it gets dark :lol:
27-06-2011, 01:11 PM
The latest Orbital elements and ephemerides are here
I think it will be relatively fast !
I'll enter it in this evening when I get chance and have a look, but maybe some of our other esteemed NEO observers can do that and let us all know where to look !
27-06-2011, 01:36 PM
There is, in the Celestial & Astronomical Events forum:
27-06-2011, 08:22 PM
Thanks for your help people. - always the best place to come for info.
(I plugged in the coordinates and found that it'll be exactly behind the neighbors biggest bushiest tree. - so...its either get out the chain saw or stay in bed.)
BTW, just noticed that this thread ended up in equipment discussions....oops
29-06-2011, 04:34 AM
Here is an animation.
Did anyone get an image?
29-06-2011, 09:55 AM
I watched it live via Gianluca Masi and his Virtual Telescope, PW 17". Gee that asteroid just whizzed past us.
Had a great time chatting with other astro geeks from around the world , at the same time.
Gianluca made an animation of the event.
Thanks for pointing that out JJJ...
30-06-2011, 07:36 AM
Thanks for the link, that's a great animation. Surely looks like a speeding bullet!
30-06-2011, 10:13 AM
The tracking was awesome, he sure can make that mount sing. :D
I can't believe how much its orbit was deflected. Not to mention just how close it came to have come inside the GPS network :eyepop:
02-07-2011, 04:27 PM
Thanks for posting the link Jeanette, but I guess I'll never see it as it is on facebook or something.
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