Near-Earth Asteroid 2013 KT1 close encounter: an image

Near-Earth 2013 KT1: 19 May 2013

Near-Earth 2013 KT1: 19 May 2013

On  18 May 2013, the near-Earth asteroid 2013 KT1 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. From its orbit resulted that this minor planet was going to reach a minimum distance from the Earth of 1.3 millions of km, that is 3.19 lunar distances.

At the Virtual Telescope, the 17″ robotic unit was slewed to see this 20-meters large rock while still approaching us. The telescope tracked this fast moving target and the images were used for the picture above: the object is visible as a point of light, while stars trail in the background.

 

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