posted on Mar, 9 2004 @ 06:22 PM
Kiljo... was it in past months? how long ago? what times. it was eaither mars or venus. most likely venus, though.
anyway, as for you, Blurrr, the only way to view an asteroid is through a telescope and while it's occoltating (passing in front of) a star. they
don't reflect light as well as planets, and are not visible otherwise. you'd need more than an the interactive sky chart (though that is very
awesome) to find and view one. some software i would recommend would be Mega Star 5 or any of the Starry Night programs. or do a google search for
IOTA, which is the International Occultation Timing Association.
some random asteroid info:
the largest is 1 Ceres, discovered in 1801. it has a 4.6 earth-year long orbit. it's also about 580 miles in diameter.
there's over 10,000 discovered, with the majority in the asteroid belt. others are in apollo (earth obit crossing) orbits, amor (mars orbit crossing)
orbits, and in trojan (60 degrees ahead and behind jupiter) orbits.
sorry for the asteroid lesson, but i'm procrastinating on typing an english paper.