By the Earth fly peanuts

27.09.2004

27.09.2004


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On Wednesday, September 29, 2004, at a distance of just over one and a half million miles of our planet fly past the asteroid Tutotis — a huge "peanuts" with a length of 4.6 kilometers and a width of 2.4 kilometers. Tutotis be visible in binoculars and small telescopes as the object of the ninth magnitude.

Astronomers still do not know whether it is a monolithic piece or composed of two or three stones held next to each other by force by gravitational forces. Unfortunately, this passage does not give an answer to this question — the truth must be studied closely the space wanderer. Another of his strangeness is the fact that Tutotis revolves around its two axes, while the majority of the celestial bodies — the only one around.

Tutotis revolves around the sun in an elliptical orbit, the closest point is located inside the orbit of the Earth, and the future — in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Its circulation period — 4 years.

The next approximation of the Earth and Tutotisa will only happen in 2562, when the asteroid will be at a distance of 400,000 kilometers from Earth.

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