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Fun Science with Asteroid 2005YU55

Blair MacDonald and I observed the Near-Earth asteroid 2005UY55 the other night simultaneously at "2011-11-09T01:55:00 UT" from two sites in Nova Scotia just 11.2 km apart. The goal was to try to detect parallax and detemine a distance to the asteroid.Procedure We used the tried-and-true 3-2-1-GO! method via cell phone to synchronize the exposures. The exposure lengths were 30 seconds in each case as controlled by a shutter timer.

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