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See The Brightest Asteroid Vesta In Binoculars

5 Nov 2019, 22:07 UTC
See The Brightest Asteroid Vesta In Binoculars
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Vesta comes to opposition on Nov. 12 in Cetus the Sea Monster when it will be bright enough to see in binoculars. Vesta is a rocky protoplanet rich in craters located in the main asteroid belt. It will come closest to Earth on Nov. 12 at a distance of 145 million miles (233 million km). Click here for a wildly good interactive model of Vesta that you spin (hold your mouse button down) or zoom into by scrolling. NASA Visualization Technology Applications and Development
Have you ever seen an asteroid? They look exactly like stars. That’s because nearly every one of approximately 822,000 known objects are too small and far away to show a shape. The name’s a giveaway. The “aster” in asteroid is Latin for “star.” All asteroids circle the sun similar to the planets but are concentrated in two primary regions — the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. Asteroids in the main belt are mostly made of rock while those in the outer solar system are rich in ices like water.
This is the view facing east around 9 p.m. in early November. You can use the bright orange star ...

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