Curious Asteroid Flyby

From: Derek C Breit (
Date: Tue Jan 12 2010 - 04:06:28 UTC

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    Space Weather News for Jan. 12, 2010
    CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: A curious object is about to fly past Earth only 
    one-third the distance to the Moon. Catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid, 2010 
    AL30 has an orbital period of almost exactly 1 year. This raises the 
    possibility that it might not be a natural object, but rather a piece of 
    some spacecraft from our own planet. At closest approach on Jan. 13th, 2010 
    AL30 will streak through Orion, Taurus, and Pisces glowing like a 14th 
    magnitude star. Experienced amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor 
    the flyby. Orbital elements, images, and more information are available on .
    Derek C Breit
    BREIT IDEAS Obs - Morgan Hill, CA 
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