Sunday, January 25, 2009

Curious Asteroid Flyby

Source - Space Weather News for Jan. 25, 2009:

CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 BD is slowly passing by Earth today only 400,000 miles away. The approximately 10 meter-wide space rock poses no significant threat, but it merits attention anyway: The orbit of 2009 BD appears to be almost identical to the orbit of Earth. 2009 BD may be a rare "co-orbital asteroid," circling the sun in near-tandem with our planet. If current measurements of the asteroid's orbit are correct, 2009 BD will remain in Earth's neighborhood for many months and possibly years to come. Visit to view the asteroid's curious orbit.

SOLAR ECLIPSE WEBCASTS: At the time this email is being sent, an annular solar eclipse is just hours away. In support of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, astronomers in the eclipse-zone have set up a network of cameras stretching from South Africa to Indonesia. Live webcasts will begin around 0600 UT on Monday, Jan. 26th. Follow the links at

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