Near-Earth Asteroid 2003 DZ15 is approaching: a new image and video (26 July 2013)
Near-Earth Asteroid 2003 DZ15 is on its way around the Sun, approaching the Earth for the 30 July rendez-vous: that day it will be at 3.5 millions of km from our home, this being a very safe distance.
The PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope has been tracking it for a while and last night it took another spectacular image: 2003 DZ15 was apparently moving pretty fast, so the advanced Paramount ME robotic mount was asked to track the asteroid, finally showing just perfect, as a point of light. Stars, of course, look as trails.
Below is a video from the same night, showing the asteroid “flying” across the sky.
The Virtual Telescope project will offer a live, online event to spy this asteroid while close to us, next 29 July 2013!
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