Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (4179) Toutatis close approach: updates (11 Dec. 2012)

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

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

The potentially hazardous asteroid (4179) Toutatis is approaching its minimum distance from the Earth.

The Virtual Telescope is monitoring it and captured the image above, where the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit was tracking the quite fast apparent motion of the rock, so stars look trailed.

The Virtual Telescope planned a free, online session to show Toutatis in real time for 13 dec. 2012, at 20:00 UT

 

 

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