Now You Can See a Huge Asteroid With the Naked Eye

Now You Can See a Huge Asteroid With the Naked Eye

Exciting news astronomy fans: You can see one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System right now with the naked eye. Vesta, which is also sometimes classed as a protoplanet, is the second-largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter after the dwarf planet Ceres. Occasionally, it’s bright enough to see with the naked eye, including right now, as it just made its closest pass to Earth in two decades. Its previous close pass came in May 2007, when it was a little bit further away. As noted by Sky and Telescope, the object reached its closest point...