Daily cosmobite: Melbourne approaches Earth

November 1, 2013

1_Path of asteroid Melbourne_Nick LombAsteroid or space rock 336698 Melbourne circles the Sun every five and a half years between the paths of Mars and Jupiter. German amateur astronomer Erwin Schwab discovered the asteroid on 5 February 2010 using a remotely operated telescope. Today it is at its closest to Earth for the year at a distance of 330 million km.

The path of the asteroid 336698 Melbourne around the Sun with its current position indicated. Diagram Nick Lomb

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