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Don’t miss the close flyby of bright space rock 1998 HL1 in late October

18 Oct 2019, 19:17 UTC
Don’t miss the close flyby of bright space rock 1998 HL1 in late October
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Believed to be 440–990 metres in size, Apollo asteroid 162082 (1998 HL1) passes just 6.2 million kilometres or slightly more than 16 lunar distances from Earth on the UK evening of Friday, 25 October. The body is predicted to peak at magnitude +12.3, making it a viable target for 15-cm (6-inch) telescopes and larger. Click the graphic to be taken to an interactive HTML5 applet. Image credit: Orbit Viewer (JPL)/ Ade Ashford (AN).If any clear skies occur during the last week of October, don’t miss any opportunities to view a 700-metre-wide space rock with the catchy designation 162082 (1998 HL1) as it hurtles past our planet slightly more than sixteen lunar distances away at 17:20 UT (6:20pm BST) on 25 October 2019.
Predicted to reach a peak magnitude of +12.3 on 27 October, this near-Earth asteroid is a viable target for 6-inch (15-cm) aperture telescopes and larger for five nights as it zips through the constellations of Triangulum, Aries and into Cetus at rates of up to 9 degrees/day relative to the background stars.Classed as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), 162082 (1998 HL1) is magnitude +13 or brighter as it speeds southeast through the constellations of Triangulum, Aries and Cetus ...

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