Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My 9th NEO, found by the Spain observatory

OAM Observatory (J75) at La Sagra, Spain reported that they had just discovered a new Near Earth Asteroid (designated 2009FD) with my 18" F2.8 telescope. This marked my 9th NEA discovery (7 solo, 2 as a team).

The most interesting point is that by orbit calculation, 2009FD will come as close as less than 2 lunar distance (0.0042 a.u.) on around March 27! At that time it will be as bright as mag. 13! It will be also moving very fast, roughly one lunar diameter every 6 minutes!