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On the night of Saturday, August 17-18, 2002 NY40 should reach magnitude 10 or even 9
during the period when it is well placed for viewing from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Although it might be spotted in binoculars, small telescopes should give a more satisfying view by magnifying the object's apparent motion. Skywatchers should be able to perceive this motion any time it glides near a background star. When the asteroid is closest to Earth at around 7:47 Universal Time on the 18th, it will be traveling eastward at a breezy 8 arcminutes per minute!

This message is written at approx 1:30 UTC on Aug 18 (9:30 PM EDT on Aug 17)-- about 6 hours to go. The link has info on where to look.
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