2 Pallas

Small pieces of rock, with a big influence (just ask the dinosaurs).
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Christopher K.
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2 Pallas

Post by Christopher K. » March 28th, 2016, 2:42 pm

Heinrich Olbers found Pallas, only the second asteroid discovered, on this day in 1802.

We can find Pallas with a small telescope by looking in Equulleus beginning around 9 April. On that morning, at 4:20am, there will be about an hour of darkness left as this tiny constellation rises in the east. Pallas will be less than a degree of the M-class magnitude 5.8 star 9 Equulei. Starry Night Pro Plus currently has Pallas' magnitude at 9.8. It should brighten through the spring and summer.

Pallas will move into Pegasus on 14 or 15 April.

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Re: 2 Pallas

Post by Christopher K. » April 9th, 2019, 10:27 am

The bad weather prevented Baton Rougeans from seeing Pallas during its actual opposition of 6 April, but the asteroid looks great at least through the 14th.

Below are the times that Pallas will be thirty degrees off the horizon...
9 April = 9:29pm
10 April = 9:24pm
11 April = 9:18pm
12 April = 9:13pm
13 April = 9:08pm
14 April = 9:03pm
It will probably range from magnitude 8.1 to 8.2.

Tonight Pallas will be 0˚25' east-southeast of the magnitude 2.6 G-class Muphrid.

More information:
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observi ... s-tonight/

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Re: 2 Pallas

Post by Christopher K. » May 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm

HRPO personnel will try its collective hand at showcasing 2 Pallas to visitors on Saturday 11 May from 9:30pm to 10:30pm. At that time the asteroid will be about magnitude 7.5 and (if in a two-degree field-of-view) will be found 0˚36' SSE of magnitude 6.1 G-class HIP66086.

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