Venus Gets the Hebe (Jeebees)!

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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Yeah, I know that title is a bit of a stretch but what the heck! How often will a bright planet like Venus come close to an asteroid? Especially one named Hebe (pronounced ‘heebee’). So, tomorrow morning, Sunday the 27th, Venus will be within two degrees from asteroid 6 Hebe as this graphic shows. The contrast in apparent brightness between these two is considerable however. Venus has an apparent brightness (magnitude) of -4.1 compared with Hebe’s +9.4.
   Asteroid 6 Hebe is the 5th brightest asteroid and was the 6th asteroid to be discovered (1847). It is an elongated or potato shaped asteroid with an average diameter of approximately 115 miles (185 km). From mythology Hebe is the Goddess of Youth, young folks, rather than a goddess with powers to make someone younger.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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