On the night of Saturday, August 17-18, 2002 NY40 should reach magnitude 10 or even 9during 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!http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/asteroids/article_697_1.aspThis 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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