Step outside and see the asteroid Vesta using just binoculars

August 4, 2011 | By | 2 Comments
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With the asteroid Vesta reaching opposition tomorrow, now is the time to step outside to look for it. It is easy to find with a decent finder chart and appears as a slightly red or orange star in binoculars. I suggest you observe Vesta over a couple of nights so you are sure you have found the right ‘star’. It will be the star that has moved between the two nights relative to the real stars.

Finder chart for Vesta. 7 pm AEST 5 August 2011. From dark sky locations, Vesta will be just visible to the unaided eye. Binoculars will make finding Vesta much easier however.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft recently went into orbit around Vesta and is sending back some amazing images of it.

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