Asteroid Pallas Passes Eta Boötis

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Asteroid 2 Pallas reaches opposition this month.

The brightest Pallas reaches is magnitude +7.9, so it is well below naked eye visibility.
It will require binoculars or a telescope to view it as a star-like point moving through the southern part of Boötes, the Herdsman.

Pallas has an orbital period of 4.62 years and lies almost 3 astronomical units from The Sun.

On the 11th of April, at around 01:00 BST Pallas will be very close, approximately 4 arc minutes northeast, of the bright naked eye +2.7 magnitude star, Muphrid (Eta Boötis).
This will make the asteroid much easier to find.

The map below shows the path of the asteroid for the rest of April.

Happy hunting.

Dave

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