Asteroid 2005 YU55 close encounter

asteroid 2005 YU trail, imaged at the Virtual Telescope during our live show

asteroid 2005 YU trail, imaged at the Virtual Telescope during our live show

Early in November 2011, asteroid 2005 YU55 brushed our planet, coming closer than the Moon! With a diameter of about 400 meters, it was at that time the largest object that was seen passing so close.

The Virtual Telescope managed to organize a pay, exclusive event, to offer a live view on this intriguing rock.

Despite the almost full Moon, with its strong interfeence, it turned out to be an unforgettable experience: 2005 YU 55 was moving VERY fast across the skies, drawing a long trail even in short exposures and amazing the people attending the onlive show.

 

 

 

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