Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (4179) Toutatis close approach: video (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

At the Virtual Telescope, we have been constantly following the potentially hazardous asteroid (4179) Toutatis.

In the image above, the telescope tracked the asteroid, so stars appears as trails.

The video below comes from about 400 frames like the one above, which was part of the sequence.

All the images were captured remotely using the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project

The Virtual Telescope planned a free, online session to show Toutatis in real time!

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  1. Tuba Koktay says:

    İs this a broad band image or ar eyou using a filter to restrict your wavelength coveradge? what magnitude are you getting from this clip??
    thanks

    clear skies,

    Tuba Koktay and Ian Shelton

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