See potentially hazardous asteroid (3122) Florence with your binocular

These days, the potentially hazardous asteroid (3122) Florence is making a safe, close encounter with our Earth. Thanks to its size (about 4.3 km), it will be bright enough to be visible with small binoculars. Here it is a chart showing its path in the sky.

Path in the sky for the asteroid (3122) Florence

Path in the sky for the asteroid (3122) Florence

We made the chart above using TheSkyX Pro by Software Bisque. Each dot marks the position of the asteroid at 0h UT of the dates reported there. The white number close to each dot reports the visual magnitude of the object at that time/date, as given by the Minor Planet Center.

As we see, this object will be an easy target even with 50 mm large binoculars. Around the days of its minimum distance from us (31 Aug. 02 Sept.) it will move in the sky with a rate of about 20 arc-seconds per minute: a telescope should show this almost in real-time!

Do not miss this opportunity!

See asteroid (3122) Florence live, online!

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