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Asteroid 6478 (Gault)


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About this observation
Peter Meadows
Time of observation
15/01/2019 - 17:22
Asteroid 6478 (Gault)
iTelescope T31

As described on for 15th and 16th January 2019, asteroid 6478 (Gault) now has a tail thought to have originated through a recent collision (see this website for further details).  The image was taken using remote iTelescope T31 at Siding Spring, Australia. The image size is 20' by 20' and a single 4 minute exposure.  The Minor Planet Center gives a current magnitude of 18.6 and a peak brightness of 17.5 in early March. It is currently located in northern Hydra before moving north into Sextans (south of Regulus in Leo).

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