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The NEAR SHOEMAKER spacecraft landed on asteroid Eros on the 12th February 2001

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GiantAsteroid 433 ErosFlyby Earth 31 Jan 2012

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On 23 December 1998 theNEARspacecraftflew within 3824 km of theasteroid 433 Eros

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Asteroid 433 Eroswas discovered on the same night (13 August 1898) by Gustav Witt in Berlin and Auguste Charlois at Nice. Witt was taking a 2-hour exposure of Beta Aquarii to secure astrometric positions of asteroid 185 Eunike.
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Asteroid (433) Eros is at Opposition in the constellation Hydra on the 1st March, 2012.


Magnitude: 9.2
Relative velocity: 5.52 km/s
Distance to Earth: 0.225 AU = 87.7 lunar distances
Distance to Sun: 1.180 AU

This opposition is observable mostly from the southern hemisphere.
The asteroid will pass close to the binary star Theta Antliae (HD 84367) in the constellation Antlia on the 10th March, 2012.
The animation is 6 hour steps from the 1st to the 13th March



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Asteroid (433) Eros is at Opposition (8.6 Magnitude), on the 7th February, 2012.

433 Eros Asteroid in 3D



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Asteroid 433 Eros - February 3, 2012



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Asteroid (433) Eros is brigthest, 3rd February, 2012.

Magnitude= 8.5
Distance to Earth: 0.179 AU = 69.7 lunar distances
Distance to Sun: 1.140 AU
Relative velocity=5.81 km/s



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This simple cylindrical map projection of an Eros image mosaic is labelled with proposed names for most of the asteroids larger features. Because the images in the mosaic cover an irregularly shaped object viewed under greatly varying lighting geometries, the image boundaries cannot be perfectly matched.
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The 17000 metre wide asteroid (433) Eros (1898 DQ) will make a close pass (69.5 lunar distances, 0.1787 AU), travelling at 5.95 km/second, to the Earth-Moon system on the 31st January, 2012 @ 11:00 UT 00:01.

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The Lunar Distance (LD), the distance between Earth and the Moon, equals 384,401 km, (or 0.00256 AU).



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