Irkutsk, astronomers discovered a new asteroid

20/11/2012

Body Space Telescope recorded.

Telescope "Master", set on the astrophysical range of Irkutsk State University in Tunkinskaya Valley found a previously unknown asteroid. This was announced in a blog post Director of the Astronomical Observatory of ISU Sergei Yaz.

— This telescope State Sternberg Astronomical Institute (SAI), MSU has been part of a network of similar telescopes, located on the territory of Russia — from Kislovodsk to Blagoveshchensk, — says Sergey Yaz.
When viewing Tunkinskaya database of observations, scientists and opened a new asteroid. He was given the designation of 2012 VG82, he entered into the world database.

— This celestial body is in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — says Yaz. — This place has a rather elongated orbit: it is suitable to the Sun at the closest distance of nearly 260 million km from the Sun and leaves on the longest distance of 512 million km.
The brightness of the asteroid is small — 18 magnitude. This means that its gloss more than 60 000 times less than the weakest brightness star, which can be seen with the naked eye in clear moonless night.
By the way, the asteroid could be seen only because right now the celestial object is in opposition with the earth — at least distance to the planet. But in fact, this is the minimum distance is very large and amounts to little more than 110 million kilometers.

— See a small and dark celestial body at that distance with a relatively small telescope — it's a great success — says astronomer.
Incidentally, the entire network of the "Master" only installation in Tunkinskaya Valley and Kislovodsk, placed at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, are able to confidently capture such faint objects.

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