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Near-Earth Asteroid 2013 JM22: 13 May 2013

 

Near-Earth Asteroid 2013 JM22

Near-Earth Asteroid 2013 JM22

The near-Earth asteroid (PHA) 2013 JM22 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on 12 May 2013. The following night, the Virtual Telescope 17″ robotic unit imaged it, while it was moving fast across the stars.

This minor planet has an estimated diameter around 100 meters and on May 16 will reach a minimum distance from us of a bit more than 3 millions of km next may 16 (about 7.8 lunar distances).

In the image above the asteroid looks like a point of light, while stars are trailed, as the telescope was tracking the apparent motion of the body.

 

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