View Full Version : Discussion: Toutatis Safely Passes the Earth

2004-Sep-29, 05:00 PM
SUMMARY: As predicted, Asteroid Toutatis made its closest approach to the Earth today, passing a mere 1.5 million km (930,000 miles) away from our planet - 4 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. The 4.6 km (2.9 mile) long asteroid hasn't made an approach this close since 1353. Since it was first discovered in 1989, Toutatis has been closely studied by astronomers because it has an orbit that brings it close to the Earth every 4 years. Unfortunately, it's still too dim to see with the unaided eye, but skilled amateur astronomers with telescopes watching the southern skies have spotted it. Toutatis won't get this close again until 2562.

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2004-Sep-29, 05:27 PM
<_< :rolleyes: :D :P :unsure: :o Well, the toutatis string in Astrophotography may grow exponentially now. ;) :ph34r: :ph34r:

2004-Sep-30, 03:55 AM
Last night at around 8 or so....i was watching the moon come up and in the south i saw a huge flaming "thing" headed almost directly downward. It was BRIGHT and had a big tail....obviously it was not Toutatis....but what the heck was it??
Love, Stacey

2004-Sep-30, 05:41 AM

Asteroid Toutatis is passed near to earth but how can we see it. I live in India So can I see it without telescope or I have to use the telescope. Pl. give me the time and location to see this Asteroid Toutatis.

Thanking You,


2004-Sep-30, 05:23 PM
You probably saw a meteor or fireball, Stacey.

2004-Oct-01, 02:50 AM
ok so it was a meteor or a fireball......does that kind of thing happen alot? and how can i find out more about it?

2004-Oct-01, 04:42 PM
Meteors are very common, fireballs a little less so but not rare by any means. Do a google search using the words "meteor" and "fireball" and you&#39;ll find that there is lots of information available.