Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:28 PM
It was quite a fun project and the first time I have attempted anything like this.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:14 PM
Great job, I was hoping to get out this evening to image Toutatis but the weather didn't cooperate.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:18 AM
I watched it last night on 12.12.12 – how appropriate!
Why is it so dim (~mag 10.8)? Must be a long way away. Nope, it’s dim because it’s a chunk of rock less than three miles in length.
Why is it moving so fast (20 arcseconds per minute)? Must be a man-made satellite. Nope, it appears to be moving fast because it’s so close to earth.
If I miss it when can I see it again? In four years (but you can call that Maybe) or eight years or 12 years, but it will likely be flung out of the solar system by then.
Alan, nice animation.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:05 PM
Good luck tonight Darren, I might take a look at that same time. But then I'm also planning on getting up at 3 am for the meteor shower.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:10 PM
I also saw that pass last night -- very impressive.
Last night at 10:11 EST, Toutatis came within less than one arcminute of HIP 8668 (mag 8.6). For a while I thought Toutatis was going to occult 8668. The speed of Toutatis was a great show. ...
And tonight I viewed 4179 Toutatis before a thick band of haze moved in as the asteroid moves toward Xi2 Cet. Attached is my crude sketch of the observation.
It was quite enjoyable to see such a fast moving but small solar system object (especially when using a Barlow for additional magnification). Others should try to catch the view as the weather permits.
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