163 Erigone

If you happen to be up at 0605 UTC (20 March 2014) and many will, you can watch the 72 km (45 mile) wide asteroid 163 Erigone eclipse the star Regulus.

The visibility will occur for people in a narrow swath in the north eastern portion of the US and into Ontario Canada. See below:

Ground track of 163 Erigone via the Creative Commons

Ground track of 163 Erigone via the Creative Commons

Tthe vast majority of us will not be able to stand outside and see it, HOWEVER we will be able to WATCH IT LIVE AT Slooh.

Explore the Lunar North Pole

The north pole of our moon. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

The north pole of our moon. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

 

You have to check this out!

Scientists at NASA used the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has released the first high resolution interactive mosaic of the lunar north pole. What a bit of work, some 10,581 images went into the making of the image. You can pan and zoom down to an image resolution of two meters (six-and-a-half feet) per pixel.

Here’s the link.

Enjoy!