Asteroid 2012 SW2 close approach
On 16 Sept. 2012 Richard E. Hill, from Mt. Lemmon in Arizona, discovered a small near-Earth asteroid, 2012 SW2, going to have a close approach with our planet on Sept 19, at 14:19 UT, when it will be 1.8 lunar distances away from our planet. Needless to say, no risks at all for the Earth.
On Sept. 18, 20:19 UT, the Virtual Telescope PW17 unit was slewed to this little body, having a diameter around 10 meters. At that time, it was at about 1.3 millions of km from us and it was moving very fast, with an apparent motion of 90″ per minute! The telescope’s Paramount ME robotic mount was asked to track the asteroidal motion and it made possible to image it.
The result is above and it is a brilliant demonstration of the state-of-the-art hardware available at the Virtual Telescope Project facility.
Support The Virtual Telescope Project!
If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive unique, LIMITED EDITION set of images of the Chinese CZ-5B falling rocket, captured from Rome, images of the International Space Station above Rome and more, specifically made for supporters like you!
donate now (you can adjust the amount later)