Near-Earth asteroid 2013 UV3: an image (28 Oct. 2013)

 

Near-Earth asteroid 2013 UV3: 28 Oct. 2013

Near-Earth asteroid 2013 UV3: 28 Oct. 2013

Near-Earth asteroid 2013 UV3 was discovered on 25 Oct. 2013, as part of the Mt. Lemmon NEO survey. This ~ 15 meters large asteroid will have a close encounter with the Earth on 29 Oct., at 21:44 UT, with a minimum distances of 0.73 lunar distances (about 280.000km) from our planet. Needless to say, no risks at all for us.

Twenty-four hours earlier, the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope captures this small rock and the image is shown above. The robotic mount was tracking it at its fast apparent speed of 25″/minute.

 

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