Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 RC very close encounter: an image and podcast
The live coverage to show live the extremely close approach of asteroid 2014 RC went very well and we were able to spot this little rock while it was flying across the stars.
Above is an image coming from the live session, where three 120-seconds images were averaged. They were remotely taken with the 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The Paramount ME robotic mount was tracking its apparent motion of about 10″/minute, so the object looks sharp, while stars on the background are apparently sliding. The Moon was a severe issue, but this little rock was easily grabbed by our system.
Below is the podcast from our live feed covering this close encounter
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