Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324 getting close: a image (23 Oct. 2014)
Less than 24 hours before its close approach, at Virtual Telescope we imaged near-Earth asteroid 2014 SC324 while it was peaking in brightness at magnitude 13.5.
The image above is a single 300-seconds exposure, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the apparent, fast (75″/minute) rate of the asteroid. 2014 SC324 is visible as a sharp and bright dot of light in the center, while stars are trailing. At the imaging time, the object was at about 920.000 km from the Earth
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