Near-Earth asteroid 2015 GK: an image (12 Apr. 2015)

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 GK: 12 Apr. 2015

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 GK: 12 Apr. 2015

On 13 April 2015, the near-Earth asteroid 2015 GK  will make a very close encounter with our planet. This ~30 meters large asteroid will reach a minimum distance from us of about 1.1 millions of  km, that is 2.8 times the mean distance of the Moon. It is worth to underline that this is a very safe distance, making this object only spectacular, with no risks of collisions at all.

The image above is a single 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The robotic mount tracked the fast apparent motion of the asteroid, so stars are trailing, while the asteroid is perfectly tracked.

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