Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 1995 CR: an image (17 Feb. 2014)

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 1995 CR: 17 Feb. 2014

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 1995 CR: 17 Feb. 2014

Next  21 Feb. 2014 at 11:08 UT, the Potentially Hazardous asteroid 1995 CR (recently recovered), with a diameter of about 160 meters, will reach a minimum distance from the Earth of less than 3 millions of km (7.6 times the mean distance of the Moon). At Virtual Telescope we scheduled an online observing session to show it live.

Last night we spotted it while approaching us, lost in the bright glare of an almost full Moon.

Above is an image, coming from the average three different exposures, each integrated for 120-seconds. They were remotely collected by Gianluca Masi using the Planewave 17 robotic unit. The telescope was tracking the apparent motion of the target, which looks as a point of light, with stars sliding on the background.

 

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