Glimpse of an Asteroid Possible Now

NASA tracks asteroids all the time. They are difficult or impossible for the rest of us to ever glimpse. Now, the most prominent asteroid in the sky can be seen with binoculars — and perhaps even the naked eye, if you are in an area with reasonably dark skies at night.

Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 17, Vesta, the second most massive object in the asteroid belt, reaches what astronomers like to call “opposition.” An asteroid (or planet or comet) is said to be “in opposition” when it is opposite to the sun as seen from Earth.

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