Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (4179) Toutatis close approach

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Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (4179) Toutatis, imaged at the Virtual Telescope

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (4179) Toutatis, imaged at the Virtual Telescope

(4179) Toutatis will reach a minimum distance from our planet of about 7 millions of km, about 18 times the distance of the Moon. It will be bright enough to be seen by experienced observers with a binocular and will be an easy target even for small telescopes. Its diameter is estimated to around 4.5 km.

Below, there is a video made with images grabed with the Virtual Telescope 17″ unit:

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Of course, there are NO risks for our planet!

The Virtual Telescope will offer a FREE online, live observing session, sharing images in real time, as well as the audio comment by its astrophysicists.

The online event is scheduled for Dec. 13, 2012, at 20 UT. To join, just enter our exclusive WebTV page!

 

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