View Full Version : Asteroids 4 Vesta & 1 Ceres at Opposition from Sun

2012-Dec-09, 01:47 AM
For its current apparition, on 2012 DEC 09 asteroid 4 Vesta makes its closest approach to Earth at 1.5885 AU and greatest brilliance of magnitude +6.4. Coincidentally, asteroid 1 Ceres is expected to achieve greatest brilliance of magnitude +6.7 on DEC 18 and closest approach of 1.6844 AU on DEC 20. Normally Vesta is significantly brighter than Ceres, but Vesta is currently near its aphelion and Ceres near perihelion.

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