Asteroids 4 Vesta & 1 Ceres at Opposition from Sun
Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:49 PM
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:55 PM
I did videotape Vesta a few years back when it was so bright.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:22 AM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 12:54 PM
So this is a newbie question as I've never tried observing an asteroid before. Do they just look like a star in your scope? Or can you actually pump up the magnification on any of them and start to make out a shape? I'd assume they would be too small for that but some are also pretty close so I'm not sure.
In your telescope they'll appear as point sized objects like stars. Asteroid means star-like. Aster: star. Oid: similar in appearance but not genuine. The name asteroid was coined in the nineteenth century by an astronomer who realized they were little planets, but noticed that in a telescope they showed no planetary disk and had the appearance of stars.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:27 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:00 AM