Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (99942) Apophis: new image (4 Jan. 2013)

Potentially hazardous asteroid (99942) Apophis

Potentially hazardous asteroid (99942) Apophis

The famous potentially hazardous asteroid (99942) Apophis is on its way to reach the minimum  (but very large to be safe) distance of 15 millions of km from us  in a few days.

The Virtual Telescope team is constantly following it and the image above comes from tonight. For this, the 14″ robotic unit was remotely used.

On 10 Jan. 2013, at 01:00 UT, and 21 Jan. 2013, at 22:00 UT, the Virtual Telescope will offer free, online and live observing sessions to show Apophis to the public. Do not miss it!

 

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