May 07, 2019


A 1.3 KM wide asteroid and its mini-moon are going to pass within 20 lunar distances on May 25th.

The asteroid system will be highly visible to amateur astronomers when it passes, in part due to its high relative velocity. There's info here if you want to take a look at Asteroid (66391) 1999 KW4.

One of our Crack Team of Science Babes has thoughts.

"Fortunately there's no press hysteria yet since NASA did not name this one after some Egyptian god of destruction."

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 04:11 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 How did Friday end up on the science babe team?!

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Wed May 8 02:30:52 2019 (v29Tn)

2 Red half rimmed glasses and a substantial donation of pocket fried shrimp.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed May 8 10:12:22 2019 (xOgT9)

3 NOTE: I'm not sure what an armature astronomer is (perhaps someone using a big telescope trained by electric motors?) but the last sentence has been corrected to make clear that even a novice should be able to see the asteroids in question.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu May 9 06:29:35 2019 (xOgT9)

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