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Asteroid 2002 PZ39 arriving Feb. 15th

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#1 CharlesC

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:44 AM

2002 PZ39 is a 3,250 feet diameter asteroid coming within 4 million miles at 6AM on Feb 15th.

Not even mentioned on www.spaceweather.com listing.  Will it be visible in an amateur telescope?

 

https://globalnews.c...-passing-earth/

 

https://ssd.jpl.nasa...cgi?sstr=163373


Edited by CharlesC, 14 February 2020 - 09:49 AM.

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#2 Astroman007

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:14 AM

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:25 AM

Also wondering if it will be visible in my scope. 



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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:31 AM

Apparent magnitude ~15. https://ssd.jpl.nasa...ons.cgi#results

'Generate Ephemeris'.

 

Position at 00 h UT on Feb. 15 2020.

 

163373.jpg


Edited by beggarly, 14 February 2020 - 10:33 AM.


#5 Dan Crowson

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:32 AM

I imaged this one a couple nights back when it might have been a little brighter. I found it to be about 13th magnitude.

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:35 AM

15 Lunar distances out.. it's pretty low on the danger list.  Here's the current NEA's (163373=2002 PZ39) :

 

Queried Approach Date      Name         Velocity (km/s) Nominal Distance Lunar Distance
00:02     2020-02-15 11:05 163373       15.19               5.78 Gm               15.02
00:02     2020-02-16 15:29 2020 BL14  8.83                 6.91 Gm               17.98
00:02     2020-02-17 15:41 2020 CK1    8.07                3.29 Gm                8.56
00:02     2020-02-17 19:08 2018 CW2   10.22              2.30 Gm                5.97
00:02     2020-02-18 14:09 2020 BA10   9.01               4.70 Gm                12.22
00:02     2020-02-19 11:01 2020 CX1     7.85               5.39 Gm                14.01
00:02     2020-02-19 20:28 2020 BL7      8.54               5.33 Gm                13.87
00:02     2020-02-20 04:41 2020 BC9     9.31               5.33 Gm                 13.85
00:02     2020-02-20 12:09 2019 BE5     14.80              5.25 Gm                 13.65
00:02     2020-02-23 00:16 2011 DR       5.83                5.62 Gm                 14.63
00:02     2020-02-23 07:40 2016 CO246 5.86                7.03 Gm                 18.30

 

Table is from a $15 RPi running a daily API pull from the IAU.  It will alert me if there's a pending extinction event. lol.gif  


Edited by Simcal, 14 February 2020 - 10:40 AM.


#7 Simcal

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:50 AM

and the largest of the latest, to fall into our gravity well :
 
Screen Shot 2020 02 14 At 10.42.43 AM

Edited by Simcal, 14 February 2020 - 10:52 AM.

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