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Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby

On February 15th/16th the asteroid 2012 DA14 will fly past the Earth at a distance of only 34000 km (inside the ring of geostationary satellites). At a maximum magnitude of about 7.4 it will not be visible to the naked eye, but should be visible through binoculars if you know where to look and live in the right part of the world.

You can change the settings below to get the best chart for your location. If the chart shows only the Sun and no stars, then you have selected a central time during the daylight hours. If the track is not visible at all, then the asteroid is not visible from zour location. The best locations are in Asia (India, China) and the further away you are from here, the worse the visibility will be. Observers in North America are out of luck this time.

Central time for sky chart and table

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Time period to extend table and track either side of central time hours. (max. 6)

Dimmest stars are magnitude +5. Click on the chart to zoom in on that part of the sky

Table of positions for your location

TimeDistance (km) BrightnessAltitude Right ascensionDeclinationConstellation
Feb 15, 17:30:00152,12924.0-53.5°3h 1m-86° 37'Octans
Feb 15, 18:00:00140,82224.0-54.3°4h 16m-87° 25'Octans
Feb 15, 18:30:00129,52724.0-55.0°6h 34m-87° 44'Octans
Feb 15, 19:00:00118,24824.0-55.4°8h 54m-87° 1'Octans
Feb 15, 19:30:00106,99924.0-55.3°10h 12m-85° 22'Octans
Feb 15, 20:00:0095,79924.0-54.6°10h 52m-83° 0'Chamaeleon
Feb 15, 20:30:0084,68424.0-53.0°11h 14m-79° 53'Chamaeleon
Feb 15, 21:00:0073,71624.0-50.0°11h 27m-75° 44'Chamaeleon
Feb 15, 21:30:0063,01324.0-45.2°11h 36m-70° 8'Musca
Feb 15, 22:00:0052,79724.0-37.6°11h 42m-62° 16'Centaurus
Feb 15, 22:30:0043,52024.0-26.1°11h 47m-50° 52'Centaurus
Feb 15, 23:00:0036,08423.9-9.0°11h 51m-34° 10'Hydra
Feb 15, 23:30:0032,03023.914.3°11h 55m-11° 29'Crater
Feb 16, 00:00:0032,79223.939.7°11h 58m13° 19'Leo
Feb 16, 00:30:0038,06223.960.8°12h 2m33° 48'Ursa Major
Feb 16, 01:00:0046,21724.075.2°12h 6m48° 7'Ursa Major
Feb 16, 01:30:0055,91024.082.8°12h 10m57° 45'Ursa Major
Feb 16, 02:00:0066,40024.081.8°12h 14m64° 23'Draco
Feb 16, 02:30:0077,31424.077.7°12h 19m69° 9'Draco
Feb 16, 03:00:0088,46424.074.0°12h 23m72° 40'Draco
Feb 16, 03:30:0099,74624.071.0°12h 29m75° 22'Draco
Feb 16, 04:00:00111,10524.068.5°12h 35m77° 28'Camelopardalis
Feb 16, 04:30:00122,50524.066.4°12h 42m79° 9'Camelopardalis
Feb 16, 05:00:00133,92724.064.7°12h 49m80° 31'Camelopardalis
Feb 16, 05:30:00145,35924.063.3°12h 58m81° 38'Camelopardalis

Flyby data (relative to centre of Earth)
Time of closest approach15/02/2013 23:25:49
Distance of closest approach34,100km
Speed at closest approach7.818km/s
Speed at infinity6.143km/s
 

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