Near-Earth Asteroid 2003 DZ15 close encounter: 24 hours to the closest approach

Near-Earth asteroid 2003 DZ15: 29 July 2013

Near-Earth asteroid 2003 DZ15: 29 July 2013

24 hours before its close encounter, the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit imaged the near-Earth asteroid 2003 DZ15 while it was “running2 across the stars.

The picture above shows very well how fast this rock is apparently moving: the telescope tracked the asteroid, so the stars look like trails, with the minor planet perfectly “frozen” in the center.

The Virtual Telescope project will offer a live, online event to spy this asteroid while close to us, next 29 July 2013!

 

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