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2004 XP14 Orbital Elements

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/Ephemerides/Unusual/K04X14P.html

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/Ephemerides/Unusual/Soft00Unusual.txt

Data for Gravity Simulator
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/simulations/2004XP14.gsim

-- Edited by Blobrana at 01:50, 2006-06-30

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This coming July features a spectacular flyby of the near-Earth Apollo asteroid 2004 XP14. Like the flyby of 2002 NY40 in 2002, 2004 XP14 will amaze visual observers with incredible speed visible in medium size telescopes.

Near close approach around 4:44m UT July 3, this 600-meter/yard diameter asteroid Passes only 268,873 miles from the Earth, only 1.1 times the distance to the moon away. Peaking at visual magnitude 11.1 four hours later, users of telescopes of 6 inches (15cm) or larger can enjoy observing a rare celestial treat. At time of close approach, 2004 XP14 races along at 8.323 degrees per hour, or a mean lunar diameter every four minutes! Such a rapid speed results in direct motion becoming visible, second by second. Just as naked eye Earth satellites are seen crossing the sky, 2004 XP14 will both amaze and challenge the observer, both visually and those taking images.

3 Jul 2006  0   03h24m01.02s  N05 46' 43.9"   
3 Jul 2006 1 03h16m13.33s N11 38' 13.5"
3 Jul 2006 2 03h07m03.58s N18 11' 54.9"
3 Jul 2006 3 02h56m10.39s N25 21' 35.6"
3 Jul 2006 4 02h43m05.53s N32 54' 15.7"
3 Jul 2006 5 02h27m11.72s N40 30' 45.5"
3 Jul 2006 6 02h07m40.73s N47 48' 51.9"
3 Jul 2006 7 01h43m33.02s N54 27' 39.7"
3 Jul 2006 8 01h13m43.36s N60 10' 50.6"
3 Jul 2006 9 00h37m20.04s N64 47' 51.8"
3 Jul 2006 10 23h54m25.38s N68 13' 44.1"
3 Jul 2006 11 23h06m46.11s N70 29' 08.0"
3 Jul 2006 12 22h18m00.66s N71 41' 03.1"



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