American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Sun, 06/02/2024 - 16:44

     John Greaves in England has pointed out that around June 24 the asteroid 2 Pallas, roughly mag 9, will pass within about 15' of T CrB.  It will approach from the northeast and pass roughly south and slightly east of the star as it moves to the southwest.  Since there'll be an extra 'star' in the field it could be mistaken for the variable itself.  On the other hand, if you are involved in any sort of public outreach, there's the opportunity to show a moving solar-system target in the same field as the variable near the nights in question.  The orbit of Pallas has rather high inclination, which is why it can appear way off the ecliptic, as at present.