3 Juno

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

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The third asteroid to be discovered (in 1804 by Karl Harding), Juno is the ninth-largest and one of the brightest as seen from Earth.

On the morning of the 10th, around the 3am CDT hour, Juno will appear "stationary". These past few days in entered Aquila from Scutum and after the 10th will scoot back toward Scutum. During its stationary period it can be found 1˚47' south-southwest of the magnitude 3.4 B-class star Althalimain.

About Juno:
http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/J/Juno.html

Christopher K.
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Re: 3 Juno

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Juno reaches opposition the night of Thursday 2 April. During a celestial object's opposition, it is exactly opposite the Sun in the sky. At that point, it is the closest and brightest to the Earth. Juno can be seen Thursday night beginning at about 9:45pm CDT in the east. As Juno will be a dim magnitude 9.4, a telescope is required! In a one-degree field of view with Juno's location centered, the only other objects that will probably be visible are mag 8.8, F-class HIP63455 and mag 9.0 star TYC 291-636-1 (I don't know its spectral class).

Although Juno will dim slightly, it will still look good through 9 April.

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