There supposed to be an asteroid, 2011 AN52, approx 0.8 LD buzzing by us now.
LD means "Lunar Distance." 1 LD = 384,401 km, the distance between Earth and the Moon. Here is the JPL orbit.
I’m at Wright-Patt AFB and we have cloud cover
Can any one see it?
Unfortunately I don't think it will be visible in Australia, but I was just looking at spaceweather
ssd.jpl.nasa.gov... and it would seem that it will actually come as close as .0021 AU that's pretty
danged close. If it was bigger I bet there would be a lot of eyes on the skies to make sure it didn't alter course lol.
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ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 AN52 is flying past Earth today just inside the orbit of the Moon (0.8 LD). The space rock is only 8
meters wide, about the size of a small room, so even experienced amateur astronomers will have trouble photographing it as it zips through the
northern constellations Draco and Cygnus glowing like an 18th magnitude star.
I would think NASA would put up some images soon. Much too cloudy here in Indiana to see anything - would love to see it! For those in the clear -
keep your eyes on the sky! I know it must be beautiful!
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