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Path of 2002 NY40

Celestial Objects to Observe

How to Watch Saturday's Asteroid Flyby

For help in locating asteroid 2002 NY40 on August 17–18, Sky & Telescope has prepared four (PDF) finder charts (see page 2).S&T: Roger Sinnott and Gregg Dinderman. On Saturday night, August 17–18, a recently discovered asteroid will pass close enough to Earth to be easily spotted in small telescopes or…

Roy Tucker

Asteroids

Asteroid Hunters Receive Grants

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.

Path of 2002 NY40

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Close Encounter with an Asteroid

Over four weeks, the brightness of asteroid 2002 NY40 will brighten by more than 3,000 times. It will peak at magnitude 9.3 (bright enough to be seen through a small telescope or large binoculars) as it drifts rapidly through the northern Milky Way on the night of August 17–18. This…

Mare Australis

Celestial Objects to Observe

Australe: A Mare on the Edge

This mare is a challenging sight; view it July 16th to 19th and August 12th to 15th.

Planets

Moon Pairs with Jupiter and Venus

The crescent Moon forms two beautiful conjunctions with the two brightest planets during twilight Wednesday and Thursday.

Celestial Objects to Observe

All Eyes on Pluto

July's encounters with two 12th-magnitude stars could rewrite the textbooks on the Pluto-Charon system.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Dance of the Planets Concludes

The grand and beautiful planetary lineup is drawing to a close as Venus approaches Jupiter in the western sky at dusk.

Occultations

A Saturn Occultation for Europeans

On the evening of the 16th, skywatchers across northern Europe will see the Moon occult Saturn. The occultation takes place at midday in northwestern North America.

Occultations

Asteroid Occultations in April 2002

North American observers can see a 7th- and a 10th-magnitude star occulted by asteroids this month. Here's when and where to look.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Chi Cygni to Brighten in Early March

The long-period variable Chi Cygni peaks in March. Here's where to find it and what to expect.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Local Times for the Occultation of Saturn

For more than 300 cities throughout North America, the following table tells when the planet Saturn will be covered by the Moon. This event takes place in the afternoon or evening hours of Wednesday, February 20th. Cities are grouped by state or province. First click on the abbreviation of your…

Occultations

Asteroid Occultations in March 2002

North American observers can see two 10th-magnitude stars occulted by asteroids this March. Here's where to look.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Planetary Occultation Highlights for 2002

Five dozen of these spellbinding events, impossible to predict well until recently, are listed for observers worldwide.

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Saturn-Moon Spectacle

There will be other occultations of Saturn this year — but none with February's prime-time appeal for North American observers.

Juno's irrgular shape

Asteroids

Juno Goes It Alone

Glimpsing Juno during the first half of 2002 will be a challenge.

Crescent Moon from video image

Moon

Close-Up of an Alien World

The lunar surface consists of more than just craters and mare. Here's a guide to some of the other lunar features.

Path of Vesta in early 2002.

Asteroids

Vesta Tours the Hyades

This spring, track the third-largest body in the asteroid belt as it passes by the Hyades.

Occultations

Lunar Occultation Highlights for 2002

Some stars that the Moon covers are so bright, you don’t even need a telescope. Here are some occultation highlights for 2002.

Space Satellites

Have You Been Flashed By Iridium?

The Iridium satellites' antenna arrays are almost perfect mirrors. And when they catch the Sun just right — wow!

Planets

Martian Flare Watch

Sharp-eyed amateurs have an opportunity to observe a rare phenomenon on another planet and help solve a long-standing puzzle.

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