Asteroid 1998 QE2 Flyby
Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:39 PM
Live coverage of the event is available at http://www.virtualte...steroid-2852... and http://www.nasa.gov/...satv/index.html
For more on the event, see the following:
Posted 01 June 2013 - 12:36 AM
Skeeters were out in high numbers tonigh for the first time this year. Temps in the 90F these last two days.
Used a Borg 77mm f/6.6 and a SBIG ST-i mono planetary camera. First time using the new camera.
Posted 01 June 2013 - 04:41 PM
I'm planning on viewing tonight. According to Skytools it will remain around the same magnitude through Tues.
Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:10 PM
Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:46 PM
At close to 04:54 UT it passed within 5" of a mag 13.1 star. The asteroid was moving slowly (approx 20'/hr), but I was able to easily detect movement in real time as it passed this faint star. At some point they appeared to blend into two, as the star was too faint for me to get good resolution on just how closely 1998 QE2 passed. The asteroid itself was bright enough to easily see with direct vision. I also observed at lower powers (50x and 136x), but went to high 273x power to watch it pass the mag 13.1 star.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:03 AM
I noticed this one did not appear to change in intensity. I would figure with a moon and rotation that it would vary some what in intensity. Some of my previous asteroids you could tell rotation speed just by changes in intensity.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:36 PM