Tonight’s the Night! Maps to Help You Spot Asteroid TB145
Asteroid 2015 TB145 will pass only about 1.3 times the distance of the Moon from Earth overnight. That and its large size – about 1,300 feet (400 meters) will bring it into view of modest-sized telescopes. Credit: Gianlua Masi
Halloween fireballs, a Supermoon and now a near-Earth asteroid flyby. What a week! While 2015 TB145 won’t be visible in binoculars because of its relative faintness and glare from a nearby waning gibbous Moon, you should be able to see it in an 8-inch telescope or larger telescope without too much difficulty.
Determined amateurs might even catch it in instruments as small as 4.5 inches especially tomorrow morning when the fleeing space mountain will brighten to around magnitude +10.(…)
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