Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:05 PM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:16 PM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:07 AM
If you haven't done so, you might want to search and ask around in the NEO and Solar System Observing forums. There are a number of knowledgeable asteroid observers on the forum.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:13 PM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:57 PM
There's no shortage of these particular objects tho Ceres is the Flagship for amateurs seemingly.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:26 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:33 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:54 PM
In this decade little Cruithne remains rather far from Earth and appears continuously outward from Earth’s morning side. It is currently at a distance of 0.616 AU and magnitude +17.0.
The brightest asteroids are 4 Vesta, 2 Pallas, 1 Ceres and 7 Iris. They are the only ones that ever get brighter than magnitude +7.0, unless we count rare NEO visitations. Coincidentally, both Vesta and Ceres will reach opposition and greatest brilliance for their current apparitions in December. Normally Vesta is noticeably brighter than Ceres, but during their upcoming oppositions Vesta will be near its aphelion and Ceres near its perihelion. Therefore Vesta will not appear much brighter than Ceres. For my asteroid apparition preview diagrams and graphs of the brightness of ten asteroids, visit my asteroid webpage at: www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:18 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:19 PM