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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