Posts Tagged ‘2011 CQ1’
At this moment, the people of South America have the opportunity to try to photograph the transit of asteroid 2011 CQ1 over the disk of the Sun. Visual observations of this event will not be possible due to the extremely small angular size of the asteroid. The transit will last about 40 seconds. Soon we will find out whether anyone was able to photograph this unique phenomenon…
The Minor Planet Center has just updated the orbit of the asteroid based on new measurements received by the Moriyama Observatory.
New data support a close flyby at a distance of ~5500 km from the surface of the Earth! Asteroid 2011 CQ1 belongs to the rarest family of NEOs – Atens. Right now the asteroid is moving toward its encounter with Earth and is about 50,000 km away.
On the basis of the latest measurements, it appears that the object will pass still closer. It is quite likely that the asteroid will pass only 5500 km above the surface of the Earth! Stay with us and follow the news!
Today at 23:45 (MSK) a small asteroid with a diameter of several meters will fly by the Earth. Asteroid 2011 CQ1 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey several hours ago. The asteroid should pass 21,000 km from the Earth, that is practically twice as close as geostationary satellites. At maximum brightness (mag. ~14.5m) the object will be visible in large amateur telescopes far from the city.