Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 KH39: an image (31 May 2014)
Next 3 June, at 20:07 UT, the near-Earth asteroid 2014 KH39 will make a very close encounter with our planet. This ~25 meters large asteroid will reach a minimum distance from us of a bit less than 440.000 km, that is 1.14 times the mean distance of the Moon. It is worth to underline that this is a very safe distance, making this object only spectacular, with no risks of collisions at all.
The image above is the average of two, 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The robotic mount tracked the fast apparent motion of the asteroid 2014 KH39, so stars are trailing, while the asteroid is perfectly tracked.
On 3 June 2014, at 19:45 UT, we will host a live observing session, to show this object directly online!
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