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Orion has made the difficult decision to close our warehouse facility in the Netherlands. With the continuing supply chain/logistics challenges and slowness in the economy we have found that it is not economically feasible to maintain operations in the UK and Europe.

We have therefore stopped taking orders on this website. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will continue to have Orion dealers in Europe to meet the needs of Orion consumers. We will also continue to honor the 30-Day product return period as well as honoring the Orion warranty for purchases made in the UK and Europe.

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Observing Alert: Asteroid 2004 XP14
Observing Alert: Asteroid 2004 XP14

Asteroid to pass close to the Earth on the night of July 2-3

Those with an 8" telescope or greater should be able to see Asteroid 2004 XP14 as it passes within 430,000 KM (268,000 miles) of the Earth. At close approach the comet will brighten from 11th magnitude (it's normally much fainter) and be within reach of amateur telescopes.

As it nears the Earth the asteroid will pass with a velocity of 17 kilometers per second. From your perspective on Earth, you will see 2004 XP14 moving at about 7-8 degrees per hour against the background stars.

Closest approach to Earth occurs on July 3 at 12:52 am EDT.

July 2006

Date Taken: 05/31/2011
Category: Archives

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