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7 months 3 weeks ago #106180 by lunartic
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At 2am on the morning of November 2 the near earth asteroid 164121 will pass within a tenth of a degree of Polaris. The object will be 12th magnitude and within reach of moderate sized scopes and should be a good photographic opportunity.

astronomynow.com/2016/10/31/halloween-ne...unter-on-2-november/

The early indications are that the skies will be clear.

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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #106205 by Bruno
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Thanks for the heads up Paul. Got a few frames on this NEO at 2:30am yesterday. Nice clear night.
NEO 164121 (2003 YT1) is classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object, it is 1.7-kilometre-(1.1-mile)-wide Apollo asteroid discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on 18 December 2003. It completes an orbit every 427 days in a somewhat eccentric ellipse that carries it to within 73 million miles (118 million kilometres) of the Sun. Lets hope it doesn't come any closer.



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7 months 3 weeks ago #106206 by lunartic
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Nice capture, John.

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7 months 1 week ago #106221 by Kinch
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Nicely done John. I went to have a look on the night....but cloudy where I was :-(

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