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
Next 25 Oct. at 00:00 UT at Virtual Telescope we will show this very close approach live, online, for free: save the date!
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