With paths that crisscross in Cetus, the Whale, these two asteroids make fine observing targets for the rest of 2002.
Last weekend's close encounter between Earth and asteroid 2002 NY40 was seen by amateur astronomers worldwide.
On Saturday night, August 17–18, a recently discovered asteroid will pass close enough to Earth to be easily spotted in small telescopes or even binoculars. The latest calculations by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, indicate the flyby will bring it to within 527,000 kilometers (327,000 miles) of Earth, just outside the Moon’s orbital…
Five amateur astronomers specializing in the observation and early detection of Earth-crossing asteroids and comets were each awarded Shoemaker Near-Earth Object Grants from the Planetary Society.
An updated version of this article, complete with finder charts, is available here. In mid-August an asteroid will pass close enough to Earth to be easily spotted in small telescopes and binoculars. According to calculations by Gareth V. Williams, associate director of the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the asteroid's August 18th flyby should…
Glimpsing Juno during the first half of 2002 will be a challenge.
This spring, track the third-largest body in the asteroid belt as it passes by the Hyades.