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Asteroid (16) Psyche makes its closest approach to the Earth (2.238 AU) on the 14th May 2018



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Asteroid (16) Psyche in the constellation Libra is at Opposition at 07:55 UT, 10th May, 2018.

Magnitude: 10.4 V
Distance to Earth: 2.239 AU



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The Moon occults asteroid (16) Psyche at ~23:00 UT, 30th April 2018. 

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The Moon occults asteroid (16) Psyche in the constellation Libra at ~22:00 UT, 3rd April 2018.

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(16) Psyche / TYC 6185-00126-1 event 

On 2018 Mar 31, 06:26 UT, the 253.2 km diameter asteroid (16) Psyche will occult a 11.3 mag star TYC 6185-00126-1 in the constellation Libra for observers along a path across South America.

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The Moon occults asteroid (16) Psyche at ~09:00 UT, 1st June 2017

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The Moon occults asteroid 16 Psyche at ~22:00 UT, 4th May 2017

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Asteroid (16) Psyche is at Opposition in the constellation Leo on the 3rd March 2017.

Magnitude: 10.3
Distance to Earth: 2.237 AU
Distance to Sun: 3.228 AU

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Title: Detection of Water and/or Hydroxyl on Asteroid (16) Psyche
Author: Driss Takir, Vishnu Reddy, Juan Sanchez, Michael K. Shepard, Joshua Emery

In order to search for evidence of hydration on M-type asteroid (16) Psyche, we observed this object in the 3 micron spectral region using the long-wavelength cross-dispersed (LXD: 1.9-4.2 micron) mode of the SpeX spectrograph/imager at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). Our observations show that Psyche exhibits a 3 micron absorption feature, attributed to water or hydroxyl. The 3 micron absorption feature is consistent with the hydration features found on the surfaces of water-rich asteroids, attributed to OH- and/or H2O-bearing phases (phyllosilicates). The detection of a 3 micron hydration absorption band on Psyche suggests that this asteroid may not be metallic core, or it could be a metallic core that has been impacted by carbonaceous material over the past 4.5 Gyr. Our results also indicate rotational spectral variations, which we suggest reflect heterogeneity in the metal/silicate ratio on the surface of Psyche.

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Asteroid (16) Psyche is at Opposition in the constellation Taurus on the 9th December 2015. 

Magnitude: 9.4
Distance to Earth: 1.700 AU
Distance to Sun: 2.683 AU

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