As promised, at Virtual Telescope we tracked and showed you, in real time, the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2015 TB145, which scheduled a safe, close encounter with our planet for the Halloween!
The image above is a single, 120-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid, which is visible as a sharp dot of light in the center, while stars are trailing on the background. At the imaging time, the object was at about mag. 12.5 and at about 2.4 millions km from our planet.
Below is the podcast from our live, online event, where we shared real-time images of the asteroid with people worldwide!
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