Recent OBSERVATIONS and Imaging

Mercury transit November 11, 2019

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Supernova 2019ein type SNIa red shift 0.007755 in the galaxy NGC 5353 at a distance of 110 million light years in the Hickson Compact Group 68 constellation Canes Venatici first discovered by ATLAS "Asteroid Terrestrial impact last alert system" in Hawaii 2019-05-01 at mag 18.194My estimated visual mag 14.1 At 2019-05-21 2.26 UT satellite sneaking through the frame at right side. Mind's Eye Observatory.Stellacam II, C8 Hyperstar, 256 frames unprocessed.
European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) snapped images of 1999 KW4 as it flew by Earth.
The hazy image is the actual photo snapped by astronomers and the image on the right is an artist’s interpretation of what the object might actually look like if we could see it perfectly clearly.
The left-hand image shows SPHERE observations of Asteroid 1999 KW4. The angular resolution in this image is equivalent to picking out a single building in New York — from Paris. An artist's impression of the asteroid pair is shown on the right.
Asteroid 1999KW4 is a “double asteroid” about 1.3 km wide, and does not pose any risk to Earth. In fact, astronomers know its orbit well, so the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) was able to predict this fly-by, to make sure that astronomers were ready and that telescopes were trained on it. The two components of the asteroid are separated by around 2.6 km.
Asteroid 1999KW4 66931 near Earth object flyby of Earth May 26 2019Mind's Eye Observatory John T. Grage1999KW4 (66391) binary asteroidoblate shaped primary rock just under 1 mile wide with a companion moon 1.6 miles away @ .3 miles wide with a 16 day orbit.Aten type earth crossing rock orbit 188 days around the suntraveling at Approximately 48.123 MPH or 13 miles a secondApproximately 3,000,000.000 distance from earth or 13.5 times the earth moon distancemagnitude +12.551.7% illuminated moving through the constellation HydraIt had just passed the galaxy NGC 2935next closer encounter will be May 25 2036Imaged with a 8" sct at F1.9 and Stellacam II
This video is approx 30 minutes of travel compiled into 25 seconds.
You will see an satellite zip through the image which is becoming a big problem for astrophotography.
This object was an Interesting challenge to image. I prepared for the brief opportunity to find and image this fast moving Asteroid and had excellent weather but encountered a mount problem at the worse time. Overcoming the probably self inducted technical issue. I was able to locate the Asteroid just moving past the Galaxy Ngc 2935 in the background which is just outside the image. If you use your mind's Eye and imagine the size, speed orbit as it swings past Earth that moving dot is a very interesting thing.
I will have a few more images to come next with the asteroid passing NGC 2935.