(4) Vesta (525 km diameter, 3.63 year orbital period) reaches opposition on November 12 (magnitude +6.5) at a distance of 1.56 AU.
Fortunately for us, Hebe's appearance in the night sky in the form of a main-belt asteroid
lasts longer than a few sentences.
28 (Petra) -- NASA has named a main-belt asteroid
"(28831) Abu-Alshaikh" after Jubilee School Alumni Salahaldeen Ibrahim Abu-Alshaikh, an honour bestowed upon him in recognition of his achievements in scientific research, specifically in mathematics.
POPULATION: O 3009 Coventry is a minor planet six kilometres in diameter or a main-belt asteroid
between Mars and Jupiter that was discovered in 1973 by Nikolay Chernykh.
ASTEROID (315166) Pawelmaksym 5 x 12 sec exposures, SDSS-r' filter, 2.0-m Faulkes Telescope South Field of view = 2.4" x 1.9', North up 315166 C2013 09 05.41907 15 14 315166 C2013 09 05.42116 15 14 315166 C2013 09 05.42314 15 14 315166 C2013 09 05.42511 15 14 315166 C2013 09 05.42909 15 14 315166 36.69 -08 23 07.8 R E10 315166 36.80 -08 23 09.4 R E10 315166 36.74 -08 23 09.3 R E10 315166 37.13 -08 23 11.3 R E10 315166 37.27 -08 23 13.2 R E10 Image of main-belt asteroid
(315166) far from opposition taken using the Faulkes Telescope South located in Siding Spring, Australia.
A TEAM OF AMATEUR OBSERVERS, some armed with just 3-inch telescopes, found that the main-belt asteroid
113 Amaithea probably has a small companion.
Nonetheless, just the very next day (April 19) the comet was 'snapped' with the 2.0m Faulkes Telescope South, appearing as a very faint point source along with a previously unknown main-belt asteroid
which happened to be crossing the same field of view at the time.
In contrast, he is at a loss to explain another discovery-a body that sports a tail yet orbits as if it were a main-belt asteroid
. Eric Elst of the Belgian Royal Observatory in Brussels identified such an object, 1996 N2, by analyzing pictures taken by Guido Pizarro at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile.
Other highlights included: the demonstration that object 2010 KQ was artificial in nature, an account of which has been accepted for publication in the Journal; and observations of the unique comet-like behaviour of the large main-belt asteroid
(596) Scheila, following a very rare collision with a much smaller asteroid.
Washington, July 18 (ANI): After a nearly four-year journey, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered the orbit around the asteroid Vesta early Saturday morning, the first mission that has entered the orbit around a main-belt asteroid
between Mars and Jupiter.
NEAR's first planned journey takes it through the asteroid belt, the vast ring of rocky debris that lies between Mars and Jupiter, passing by the main-belt asteroid
253 Mathilde in June 1997.
This main-belt asteroid
was initially discovered in September, 1916, by Seth B.