posted on Mar, 5 2014 @ 09:21 AM
reply to post by eriktheawful
That sounds all logical and everything but the fact in this case is they didn't. No one saw it or if they did they kept quiet. I don't know. I'd
like to believe you but all the eyes in the skies missed this puppy and who's to say they won't miss the kill shot too.
It was discovered by Pan-STARRS
The asteroid came to opposition (furthest elongation in the sky from the Sun) on 15 February 2014, but the asteroid had a very faint apparent
magnitude of about 23 and was only 10 degrees from the full moon.
So, you want us to be able to negate the brightness of a full moon, and spot a (rather small) object with a magnitude of +23 earlier, eh?
Not going to happen, at least not at a quick speed.
You have to take into account HOW things like this are spotted, or rather the area of the sky you are looking at to see an object this small and of
that low of a magnitude:
Get a postage stamp. Now hold it at arms length from you up towards the sky. See it's size?
Now, take that same postage stamp, and put it about 50 feet from you. Now how big is it?
That's about the size of the area of the sky you are going to try and find an asteroid in...........Ah, but now you need to do it for the entire
sphere of sky all around the Earth.
I believe there is a saying: "Needle in a hay stack." ?
Great idea to have as many people as possible watching the sky for things. But also hard to watch the entire sky, all night, every night, and not
having a full moon at times.