Asteroid 2012 QG42 update: 6 Sept. 2012
While waiting for the live, online event on this asteroid, at Virtual Telescope we are tracking 2012 QG42 while approaching our planet.
We grabbed a few images on Sept.6 around 23:35 UT, while it was already moving significantly fast (about 7.5″/min). Our robotic telescope was asked to follow the apparent motion of the object, so stars appear trailed, with the asteroid looking as a point of light.
Putting together all the 17 images we obtained a movie showing the asteroid moving among the stars: its apparent motion is going to be faster and faster while it will come closer to the Earth. At the time of the images, the asteroid was at about 7 millions of km from our planet.
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