Sunday, September 2, 2007

4 Vesta passes Jupiter


Now that summer's haze has dissipated, much more can be found, especially with binoculars. Last week it was out of sight, but clearing skies provide an opportunity to see the asteroid Vesta. It can be found over the next several evenings just to the upper left of Jupiter. Use a pair of household binoculars (10 x 50) to see this. It will be a dim "star." Compare Vesta's 178 million mile distance with the much brighter Jupiter at 484 million miles away. Good Hunting!

3 comments:

Vesta watcher said...

Yes, it is visible. Imagine this 325 mile wide rock placed in the sky next to 88,000 mile wide Jupiter!

Vesta watcher said...

Yes, it is visible. Imagine this 325 mile wide rock placed in the sky next to 88,000 mile wide Jupiter!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I saw it too! Faint, but still visible, which is amazing considering its size.