Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 HV2: an image (28 Apr. 2014)
On 29 Apr. 2014 at 08:29 UT, the near-Earth asteroid 2014 HV2 was at 520.000 km from the Earth, that is 1.4 times the mean distance of the Moon. Of course, there were absolutely no risks at all for us.
Above is a 180-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the Planewave 17 robotic unit, during the live public event we hosted online and showing this object. The telescope tracked the target at its apparent motion, so stars are showing as trails, while 2014 HV2 is a sharp, dot in the center of the image. At the imaging time, the object was at 680.000 km from the Earth and moving with an apparent rate of 170″/minute.
Below is the podcast from the live event:
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