Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 JO25: an image (19 Apr. 2017)

A few hours before its minimum distance from the Earth, we observed the potentially hazardous asteroid 2014 JO25, while it was safely approaching us.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 JO25: 19 Apr. 2017

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 JO25: 19 Apr. 2017

The image above is a single, 30-seconds long exposure, remotely taken from New Mexico. At the imaging time, this asteroid was at about 1.8 millions of km and safely approaching. As the telescope tracked the apparent motion of the stars and the asteroid was flying at its proper apparent speed, here it results as a long trail.

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