Monday, March 02, 2009
DD45 zooms by
DD45, A small asteroid (around 30 to 40 meters across) will zoom by tonight. At its closest it will be only twice the height of a geostationary satellite.
At only 11th magnitude it will be very hard to see, only in reasonable powerful telescopes. It is hiking along at a rate of knots, around 12 degrees an hour. Australia is in very good position to see the asteroid, and you can get an ephemeris here.
Of course, it would help if there wasn't any cloud about.