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A huge asteroid nicknamed & # 39; Juno & # 39; will pass the earth this weekend



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Stargazers are gearing up for a big asteroid, his closest approach to the Earth since 2005 illuminates the night sky.

The 145-mile wide siliceous space rock is one of the oldest asteroids in our solar system. NASA says that Juno or 3 Juno, one-fifteenth of the diameter of the Moon, is one of the largest, making it the parent of many meteorites that rain on Earth.

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  Constellation. Eridanus (Eri)

The Eridanus Constellation

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Amateur astronomers should be able to see Juno with good binoculars or a small telescope just before midnight on Saturday, November 17th.

While it will be visible for the next few weeks, the asteroid will be the brightest for binoculars, passing through 92,955,806 miles of our planet. Juno will not come so close to Earth until 2031.

"To find Juno, look at the Eridanus constellation next to Orion and Taurus and ascend to the east near midnight." National Geographic .

"Juno seems to be just over a degree west of the faint star 32 Eridani."

The asteroid was first discovered by German astronomer Karl Lud Wig Harding in September 1804.


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