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#1 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:39 PM

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will pass within 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers) of the Earth shortly.

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:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ssYnC90U0mM

http://www.nasa.gov/...id20130515.html

http://earthsky.org/...ails-past-earth

http://science.nasa...._asteroidflyby/

http://www.usatoday....id-flyby-set...

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:05 PM


According to the news the asteroid 1998 QE2 seems to have a moon... :foreheadslap: :o


http://www.jpl.nasa....elease=2013-182



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 12:36 AM

A stacked of 8 images of 30 seconds exposures, 2 minutes between each. A longer delay betwen the 4th and 5th images.

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.

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#4 C_Moon

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 04:41 PM

Really nice picture, John!

I'm planning on viewing tonight. According to Skytools it will remain around the same magnitude through Tues.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:10 PM

Where is the asteroid generally located in the sky currently? I imagine its a fast mover and so its position is going to vary a bit based on location and time. Current date June 2, 2013.

Thanks.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:18 PM

It will be moving from Libra to Virgo passing by Saturn tonight afte 11:00 pm EDT June 2, 2013.

Get position for your location at tye MPC.

http://www.minorplan...PEph/MPEph.html

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:36 PM

It will be moving from Libra to Virgo passing by Saturn tonight afte 11:00 pm EDT June 2, 2013.

Get position for your location at tye MPC.

http://www.minorplan...PEph/MPEph.html


Thanks a bunch. Ill be scanning for it tonight, weather permitting.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:46 PM

I was able to find the object last night approx 5 deg SSE of Beta Librae, which is where I started my star hop.

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.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:36 AM

Missed it at its closest due to rainy weather but got it at its brightest last night, Animation here:
http://i727.photobuc...ne2013anima.gif

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:03 AM

Missed close approach due to rain. I did photography it the next night. However I was never able to visually spot it for my AL program.

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.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:46 AM

Asteroid 1998 QE2 flyby - new data. Footage from the Live webcast.
https://vimeo.com/68119280

Telescop info: http://www.bareket-a...israel-middl...

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:50 PM

Was not able to visually verify it. I did get some images.
http://s658.photobuc...aphs/2852630...
This is a number of 30 sec images. Shows movement even at 30sec. It's just about center.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:36 AM

Thanks for sharing this information...
http://www.astronomy...ws/n1305/31neo/

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:36 PM

It looks like 1998 QE2 was moving 22 Arc seconds/ minute against the background stars... that's a full Moon every 90 minutes.






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