Daily cosmobite: Vesta at its closest

Today the large 530-km wide space rock or asteroid Vesta is at its closest to the Earth for the year. Vesta is now much better known after NASA’s Dawn spacecraft spent over a year studying the asteroid. It is too faint to be seen with the unaided eye, but it can be found with binoculars after dusk in the north-east below Jupiter and Aldebaran.

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