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4 Vesta 2016-17


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About this observation
Gary Poyner
Time of observation
06/05/2017 - 13:30
4 Vesta
Observing location
Birmingham, UK

A good time to observe Vesta, with oppostion well placed in Gemini at the turn of the year.

First observations were made leaning out of the bedroom window pre-dawn in early September 2016.  

Vesta peaked at magnitude 6.1 on Jan 12.8UT 2017, with a 120d rise of two magnitudes to peak brighness at opposition. The decline has been slightly steeper - 111d to fade two magnitudes to 8.1 in early May 2017.

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