UPDATE: Seeing the Close Flyby of NEO 2004 BL86 ten pm 26 January, 2015

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The seat of asteroid 2004 BL68 equally seen at 22:00 ACDST on the level of 26 Jan 2015 from Adelaide. Similar views volition endure seen at 22:30 AEDST as well as 21:30 AEST. Click to embiggen Approximate binocular thought of asteroid 2004 BL68 equally seen at 22:00 as well as 23:00 ACDST on the level of 26 Jan 2015 from Adelaide. Similar views volition endure seen at 22:30  as well as 23:30 AEDST as well as 21:30- 22:30  AEST. Click to embiggen

In my previous article on 2004 BL86 I explained inwards especial how to meet this NEO at its brightest … at about 4:30 am inwards the morning time when it is closed to the brilliant opened upwards cluster M48. For those of y’all who desire to meet it on the nighttime of the 26th, earlier heading to bed, I’ve created these instructions.

You volition postulate a telescope, non a fancy one, but a telescope none the less. Finding the asteroid volition endure harder equally it is dimmer, as well as in that place is no obvious brilliant characteristic to usage equally a guide. But piece harder it is good worth the effort.

Printable dark as well as white horizon nautical chart facing eastward an hr as well as a one-half afterward sunset on the 26th showing the place of 2004 BL86 equally seen from Adelaide. Similar views volition endure seen from East coast as well as key locations at the equivalent local time. WA sees the asteroid farther along inwards its path. Click to embiggen as well as print Printable dark as well as white binocular chart  showing the place of 2004 BL86 at 22:00 to midnight  ACDST on the level of 26 Jan 2015 from Adelaide. Similar views volition endure seen from 22:30 AEDST as well as 21:30 AEST. The large circle is around the patch of thought of 10×50 binoculars. The minor circle the guess patch of thought of a 25 mm eyepiece amongst a 114 mm Newtonian telescope. Click to embiggen as well as print.

To notice the asteroid, in i lawsuit to a greater extent than nosotros volition usage brilliant stars equally a landmark. If y’all describe a describe of piece of job betwixt Jupiter as well as Canopus (the brightest  as well as 3rd brightest objects inwards the heaven at this time), thence describe a describe of piece of job perpendicular from Sirius (the 2d brightest object inwards that purpose of the sky) to the Jupiter – Canopus line, the intersection is where the asteroid volition be.

In binoculars or a telescopes finder compass y’all volition meet a triangle of stars. The faint star at the apex of the triangle is eleven Pupis. The asteroid zooms yesteryear this star equally seen from the eastern as well as key states. From WA, yesteryear the fourth dimension the heaven is darkenough, the asteroid is good below eleven Puppis, but y’all tin usage the charts to sweep downward as well as notice it.

Printable dark as well as white binocular chart  showing the place of 2004 BL86 at 22:00 to midnight  ACDST on the level of 26 Jan 2015 from Adelaide. The circle the guess patch of thought of a 25 mm eyepiece amongst a 114 mm Newtonian telescope. The orientation is upside downward from the binocular map equally telescopes invert the image. Click to embiggen as well as print.

 With your telescope a broad patch oculus piece, get-go centre eleven Pupis inwards the eyepiece, thence deed it thence eleven Puppis is at the western border of the eyepiece. The asteroid should endure visible equally a faint point on the western side, moving like shooting fish in a barrel but inexorably across the stars.

The printable charts inwards a higher house volition endure needed assist y’all notice the asteroid.Remember, when looking for the asteroid permit at to the lowest degree 5 minutes or to a greater extent than (10 is better) for your eyes to adjust as well as instruct dark adapted. Here’s some hints on dark adaption of your eyes. If using the charts above, encompass your torch amongst ruddy cellophane thence equally to non destroy your nighttime vision.
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