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Asteroid flying by Earth will be seen in India

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2013
First Published: 00:39 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:40 IST(14/2/2013)

The asteroid 2012 DA14, which will fly at a distance of 27,700 km above the surface of Earth on February 15, will be visible across Asia including India, but only with the help of binoculars and telescopes.

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According to sources, the asteroid will be within range for small telescopes and solidly mounted binoculars, used by experienced observers who have access to appropriate star charts.

N Sri Raghunandan Kumar, general secretary Planetary Society of India, told HT that the asteroid will appear as a slow moving dot in the background of various pattern of stars.

For India, he said the best time to view the asteroid is likely to be between 12 midnight and 3 am on February 16.


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