Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (99942) Apophis: a movie

Potentially hazardous asteroid (99942) Apophis

Potentially hazardous asteroid (99942) Apophis

The Virtual Telescope observed the potentially hazardous asteroid (99942) Apophis several times over the past few days and finally, using a set of images captured on Jan. 4, it was possible to make this video below. It shows Apophis while it moves across the stars: the telescope tracked the asteroid, so it sits at the center of the field of view, with the stars sliding on the background.

To grab these images, the 14" robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope was 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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