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Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby

On February 15th/16th the asteroid 2012 DA14 will fly past the Earth at a distance of only 34000 km (inside the ring of geostationary satellites). At a maximum magnitude of about 7.4 it will not be visible to the naked eye, but should be visible through binoculars if you know where to look and live in the right part of the world.

You can change the settings below to get the best chart for your location. If the chart shows only the Sun and no stars, then you have selected a central time during the daylight hours. If the track is not visible at all, then the asteroid is not visible from zour location. The best locations are in Asia (India, China) and the further away you are from here, the worse the visibility will be. Observers in North America are out of luck this time.

Central time for sky chart and table

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Time period to extend table and track either side of central time hours. (max. 6)

Dimmest stars are magnitude +5. Click on the chart to zoom in on that part of the sky

Table of positions for your location

TimeDistance (km) BrightnessAltitude Right ascensionDeclinationConstellation
Feb 15, 14:30:00152,00524.0-51.7°4h 8m-86° 6'Octans
Feb 15, 15:00:00140,71424.0-52.7°5h 34m-86° 38'Octans
Feb 15, 15:30:00129,45624.0-53.9°7h 26m-86° 31'Octans
Feb 15, 16:00:00118,24224.0-55.3°9h 4m-85° 30'Octans
Feb 15, 16:30:00107,08824.0-56.7°10h 7m-83° 41'Octans
Feb 15, 17:00:0096,02024.0-58.0°10h 46m-81° 9'Chamaeleon
Feb 15, 17:30:0085,08224.0-59.0°11h 10m-77° 47'Chamaeleon
Feb 15, 18:00:0074,34824.0-59.1°11h 27m-73° 22'Musca
Feb 15, 18:30:0063,94624.0-57.5°11h 38m-67° 26'Musca
Feb 15, 19:00:0054,11924.0-53.1°11h 47m-59° 17'Centaurus
Feb 15, 19:30:0045,32224.0-44.4°11h 54m-47° 45'Centaurus
Feb 15, 20:00:0038,40323.9-30.0°12h 0m-31° 29'Hydra
Feb 15, 20:30:0034,68523.9-9.9°12h 5m-10° 15'Virgo
Feb 15, 21:00:0035,33323.912.1°12h 11m12° 41'Virgo
Feb 15, 21:30:0040,14323.930.7°12h 16m32° 12'Coma Berenices
Feb 15, 22:00:0047,79924.043.7°12h 22m46° 24'Canes Venatici
Feb 15, 22:30:0057,08824.052.1°12h 29m56° 18'Ursa Major
Feb 15, 23:00:0067,27524.057.2°12h 35m63° 16'Ursa Major
Feb 15, 23:30:0077,96624.060.2°12h 42m68° 20'Draco
Feb 16, 00:00:0088,95124.061.6°12h 49m72° 7'Draco
Feb 16, 00:30:00100,11224.062.2°12h 56m75° 2'Draco
Feb 16, 01:00:00111,38124.062.2°13h 4m77° 20'Camelopardalis
Feb 16, 01:30:00122,71524.061.9°13h 13m79° 10'Camelopardalis
Feb 16, 02:00:00134,08924.061.4°13h 22m80° 39'Camelopardalis
Feb 16, 02:30:00145,48624.060.8°13h 32m81° 52'Camelopardalis

Flyby data (relative to centre of Earth)
Time of closest approach15/02/2013 20:25:49
Distance of closest approach34,100km
Speed at closest approach7.818km/s
Speed at infinity6.143km/s
 

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