Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus rare close encounter: star chart (16 June 2015)
Next 16 June, the famous, 1.5 km large potentially hazardous asteroid (1566) Icarus will make a relatively, but rare close encounter with the Earth. The Virtual Telescope Project will show it live, online, to the world. While it will not be bright enough to be an easy target for visual observers, its magnitude increasing from 14.7 to 14.0 during the day, it will be easy to capture it by imaging.
For this, we provide a start chart showing where (1566) Icarus will be on 16 June, if you will want to try. The plot was made with TheSkyX by Software Bisque, using hourly geocentric position from JPL’s Horizons. Please note that those positions might differ of a few arcminutes from your topocentric ones, but a series of blinking images should be more than adequate to spot the moving target. NB: times on the chart are in Universal Time!
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