Triple asteroid amateur image

By Phil Plait | February 15, 2008 4:00 pm

That cool triple-asteroid I wrote about yesterday? BAUT reader RickJ posted a very cool image he took of it:

He took a series of 30 second exposures with about a one minute gap between them. During each exposure, the asteroid(s) moved a bit across the sky, so it leaves a dotted trail in the picture. Remember, folks, that just because you read of some fancy-schmancy observatory seeing some object, it doesn’t mean you can’t see it yourself with a ‘scope of your own!

This is very cool, and I encourage you to peruse the images on BAUT, and post some yourself if you have any!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Pretty pictures

Comments (1)

  1. Really cool is a movie of another 12.5 mag. asteroid currently in the vicinity of the Earth: The AVI file from Feb. 13 can be found at the bottom of this website about (4450) Pan. Rarely do we see asteroid timelapse movies running so smoothly.

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