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Magnitude 7.4 asteroid (4) Vesta will occult the magnitude 11.9 star (TYC 0845 - 00848 - 1) in the constellation Leo, at 07:03 UT, 17th December, 2009.
The 67.3 second long event will be visible from Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Position (2000): RA 10 35 29.0445 Dec +13 39 45.041

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The magnitude 8.4 asteroid (4) Vesta  passed 1/3° south of the magnitude 6.58 yellow G-type giant star 35 Cancri, on the 12th September, 2009

Position (2000): RA 08h35m19.4455s, Dec     +19°35'24.226"


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11:43 GMT, 13th September, 2009.

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On the 20th February, 2010, the asteroid Vesta will be at opposition. There is no opposition in 2009.
The dwarf planet will brighten to magnitude 6.1 in constellation Leo.

Ephemeris
Date       UT      R.A. (J2000) Decl.    Delta     r     El.    Ph.   V  
h m s
2010 02 01 000000 10 33 16.9 +17 22 15 1.474 2.412 157.1 9.1 6.4
2010 02 02 000000 10 32 34.7 +17 30 36 1.468 2.411 158.2 8.7 6.4
2010 02 03 000000 10 31 51.1 +17 39 02 1.463 2.410 159.3 8.3 6.4
2010 02 04 000000 10 31 06.0 +17 47 30 1.458 2.409 160.5 7.9 6.4
2010 02 05 000000 10 30 19.7 +17 56 01 1.453 2.408 161.6 7.4 6.3
2010 02 06 000000 10 29 32.0 +18 04 35 1.448 2.407 162.6 7.0 6.3
2010 02 07 000000 10 28 43.2 +18 13 10 1.444 2.406 163.7 6.6 6.3
2010 02 08 000000 10 27 53.1 +18 21 45 1.440 2.405 164.7 6.2 6.3
2010 02 09 000000 10 27 01.9 +18 30 21 1.436 2.404 165.8 5.8 6.3
2010 02 10 000000 10 26 09.7 +18 38 57 1.432 2.403 166.7 5.4 6.2
2010 02 11 000000 10 25 16.5 +18 47 31 1.429 2.403 167.7 5.0 6.2
2010 02 12 000000 10 24 22.4 +18 56 04 1.426 2.402 168.5 4.7 6.2
2010 02 13 000000 10 23 27.5 +19 04 35 1.423 2.401 169.3 4.4 6.2
2010 02 14 000000 10 22 31.7 +19 13 02 1.421 2.400 170.0 4.1 6.2
2010 02 15 000000 10 21 35.3 +19 21 26 1.419 2.399 170.6 3.9 6.1
2010 02 16 000000 10 20 38.3 +19 29 46 1.417 2.398 171.0 3.7 6.1
2010 02 17 000000 10 19 40.8 +19 38 00 1.415 2.397 171.3 3.6 6.1
2010 02 18 000000 10 18 42.8 +19 46 09 1.414 2.396 171.4 3.6 6.1
2010 02 19 000000 10 17 44.5 +19 54 12 1.413 2.395 171.3 3.6 6.1
2010 02 20 000000 10 16 45.9 +20 02 09 1.412 2.394 171.0 3.7 6.1
2010 02 21 000000 10 15 47.1 +20 09 57 1.412 2.393 170.6 3.9 6.1
2010 02 22 000000 10 14 48.2 +20 17 39 1.412 2.392 170.0 4.1 6.1
2010 02 23 000000 10 13 49.3 +20 25 11 1.412 2.391 169.3 4.4 6.2
2010 02 24 000000 10 12 50.4 +20 32 35 1.412 2.390 168.5 4.7 6.2
2010 02 25 000000 10 11 51.7 +20 39 50 1.413 2.389 167.6 5.1 6.2
2010 02 26 000000 10 10 53.3 +20 46 54 1.414 2.388 166.7 5.5 6.2
2010 02 27 000000 10 09 55.1 +20 53 49 1.415 2.387 165.8 5.9 6.2
2010 02 28 000000 10 08 57.3 +21 00 33 1.416 2.386 164.7 6.3 6.2
2010 03 01 000000 10 08 00.1 +21 07 06 1.418 2.385 163.7 6.7 6.2
2010 03 02 000000 10 07 03.3 +21 13 27 1.420 2.384 162.6 7.1 6.3


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Ephemeris

Date TT R. A. (2000) Decl. Delta r Elong. Phase V
2008 12 01    02 05.60   +02 55.9    1.701    2.539   140.3    14.4     7.0
2008 12 06 02 03.35 +03 05.9 1.748 2.542 135.0 15.9 7.1
2008 12 11 02 01.79 +03 20.0 1.799 2.544 129.8 17.3 7.2
2008 12 16 02 00.93 +03 38.0 1.854 2.546 124.7 18.5 7.3
2008 12 21 02 00.75 +03 59.6 1.912 2.548 119.8 19.6 7.4
2008 12 26 02 01.24 +04 24.5 1.973 2.551 115.1 20.4 7.5


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One of the sky's nicest gifts this month is an easy way to find and track the large asteroid 4 Vesta. This space rock remains within 1 binocular field of the 4th-magnitude star Alpha Piscium, which lies halfway up in the southeastern sky during early evening.
From a suburban backyard, you can spot the 7th-magnitude asteroid without much effort. Apart from Alpha, only three other stars in the area shine brighter than Vesta. From December 7 to 9, Vesta appears near the vertex of an equilateral triangle of these stars, the brightest of which is Alpha itself.

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The asteroid Vesta is somewhat shy at 6.4 magnitude. We have a better-than-average chance to add the asteroid notch to our astronomy observing belts this week since Vesta reaches greatest brilliance tonight.

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Vesta the fourth largest asteroid will be at opposition on the 30th October, 2008.
The magnitude  6.5 asteroid is currently in the constellation Cetus, about 1.54 AU from the Earth.
A small telescope or binoculars will easily show up the asteroid.
Date       UT      R.A. (J2000) Decl.    Delta     r     El.    Ph.   V     
h m s
2008 10 24 000000 02 38 17.6 +03 58 34 1.540 2.518 166.7 5.2 6.5
2008 10 25 000000 02 37 18.9 +03 54 23 1.539 2.519 167.4 4.9 6.5
2008 10 26 000000 02 36 19.9 +03 50 17 1.538 2.519 168.0 4.7 6.5
2008 10 27 000000 02 35 20.4 +03 46 17 1.538 2.520 168.5 4.5 6.5
2008 10 28 000000 02 34 20.6 +03 42 22 1.538 2.521 168.8 4.4 6.5
2008 10 29 000000 02 33 20.6 +03 38 33 1.539 2.521 169.1 4.3 6.4
2008 10 30 000000 02 32 20.4 +03 34 51 1.539 2.522 169.2 4.2 6.4
2008 10 31 000000 02 31 20.1 +03 31 15 1.540 2.522 169.1 4.2 6.4
2008 11 01 000000 02 30 19.9 +03 27 46 1.542 2.523 169.0 4.3 6.5


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HIP 76876 (HD 140031)

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Position (J2000): RA: 15 41 53.5 Dec: -12 45 35
Size: 14'1 x 14'1

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The magnitude 7.6 asteroid (4) Vesta will occult the magnitude 8.8 star HIP 76876 at 07:16 UT , on the 31st January 2007 .
The event will be observable from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile

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Position(2000): RA = 15 41 53.572 Dec.= -12 45 35.62

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-- Edited by Blobrana at 23:12, 2007-01-29

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