Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 KH39 getting closer: a new image (2 June 2014)
At the Virtual Telescope, we visited the near-Earth asteroid 2014 KH39, while it approaches us for the close, but safe tomorrow’s close encounter.
This is a single 300-seconds exposure, taken with the main PlaneWave 17 robotic unit: the Paramount ME tracked the apparent motion (55″/minute, almost four times faster than yesterday) of the object, resulting in a sharp asteroid (sitting in the center of the frame) and trailed stars. At the imaging time, the ~25 meters large asteroid 2014 KH39 was at about 1 millions of km from us (half of yesterday’s distance).
This perfect image shows the amazing performances of the telescopes part of the Virtual Telescope.
You can see this asteroid live, online, click here!
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