Friday, July 22, 2011

Near-Earth-Object 2007 DD Passes Close to Earth

Although not as close as near-earth-object MD 2011 last June 27, asteroid 2007 DD will fly close to the earth. At approximately 9.3 lunar distances or 0.0239 AU, 2007 DD will zip past our planet at around 3.54 km/second, making a wonderful spectacle for asteroid observers. This is the closest object to pass earth around the dates of July 8 to August 28. Below is a table of General Information.

Minimum Distance (A.U.)0.02388
Date/Time of Minimum Distance2011-07-23 12:00:00
Maximum Predicted Brightness21.3
Date/Time of Maximum Brightness2011-07-21 00:00:00
Maximum Apparent Speed (arcseconds/minute)13.13
Date/Time of Maximum Speed2011-07-22 23:00:00
H (Absolute Magnitude)25.8
Duration of Observations2007-2009
Potentially Hazardous Asteroid?No

I apologize there are no pictures; even animated ones. Celestia doesn't seem to include the asteroid in its download package of near-earth-asteroids.

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