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Giant asteroid nicknamed 'Juno' will pass Earth this weekend

November 14, 2018 Science 0 Views Getty Images VitaliyPozdeyev Stargaze rs are gearing up for a big weekend because a…

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Stargaze rs are gearing up for a big weekend because a giant asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth since 2005, lighting up the night sky.

The 145-mile wide silicate space rock is one of the oldest asteroids in our solar system. NASA says Juno or June 3 is also one of the largest at one-fifth the diameter of the moon, making it the parent of many of the meteorites that rain on Earth.

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The Eridanus constellation

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Amateur astronomers should be able to see Juno with good binoculars or a small telescope just before midnight on Saturday 17th November.

Juno won ‘s asteroid at its brightest to binoculars, passing at 92,955,806 miles of our planet. “To find Juno, look toward the Eridanus constellation, next to Orion and Taurus, rising in the east near local midnight,” National Geographic says. 19659005] “Juno will appear to be just over one degree west of the faint star 32 Eridani.”

The asteroid was first spotted by German astronomer Kar l Ludwig Harding in September 1804.


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