Asteroid 2013 ET: a video from the Virtual Telescope

An hi-res version of this animation is available here


While getting closer, asteroid 2013 ET was tracked by the Virtual Telescope robotic facility in Italy. This about 100-meters large asteroid will reach a minimum distance of about 950.000 km from us next March 9. It is worth to underline that there are NO risks at all of collision.

On March 4, the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit pointed this object and its Paramount ME robotic mount tracked the asteroid, taking 18 images. They were used to assemble this video, showing 2013 ET like a point of light, while stars are trailed. each exposure was integrated for 90 seconds.

The Virtual Telescope will show this asteroid live, online, next 8 Mar. 2013, at 19:00 UT! Join the event for free here!

 

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