52768 (1998 OR2)

Small pieces of rock, with a big influence (just ask the dinosaurs).
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Christopher K.
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52768 (1998 OR2)

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This asteroid just made a (somewhat) close pass by the Earth early this morning, but there was no chance of viewing it due to the storm. It is currently passing through in Hydra, right past the corner of Crater, which means Baton Rougeans can attempt a look right after nightfall. Its estimated magnitude until 3 May is 10.8.

More information:
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-b ... rth-flyby/
https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news206.html

Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: 52768 (1998 OR2)

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As many with a small scope and moderate to little light pollution are probably tracking this sucker from night to night, NASA-TV personnel realize they are considering our defense system regarding possible impacts. NASA-TV will be airing the one-hour "Asteroid Close Approach" at the following times...
*Saturday 2 May = 5:30am, 11am, 5:30pm
*Sunday 3 May = 8am, 12:30pm, 6pm
All times are Central Daylight.

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