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2002 NY40

Asteroid 2002 NY40, racing across our skies.  20 second exposure.
Click on the picture to see the asteroid, a minute and a half later

August 18, 2002, 03:56:03 UT, 20 second exposure.

You may download these Asteroid NY40 images in .fts format to use with HOU-IP image processing software.  Add the images together to see the combined motion over a period of only 141 seconds. (Exposure 20 seconds + 81 second interval + exposure 20 seconds.)

Investigate many more 20 second exposure images of this asteroid by going to the HOU image archive, The University of Chicago Yerkes Observatory Rooftop Telescope 10 inch, August 18, 2002.  HOU teacher, Ken Brandt, Buchholz HS, requested these images.

Ken suggested these websites for information about Asteroid 2002 NY40.

Asteroid 2002 NY40's Flyby of August 18, 2002
http://www.xs4all.nl/~carlkop/ny40.html

Science @ NASA.  Look at That Asteroid!
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002/30jul_ny40.htm

NASA NEO Program, Orbits.  Asteroid 2002 NY40
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db?name=2002+NY40


The University of Chicago Yerkes Observatory
Rooftop Telescope - North
10 inch Meade LX200, f/10, 250 cm focal length
SBIG CCD ST9e, 20 micron pixels (0.0020 cm)
Pixel scale = 1.62 arcseconds/pixel
Clear filter; 20 second exposure


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