Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 JO25: an image from the live event (19 Apr. 2017)
As promised, we shared live images of the potentially hazardous asteroid 2014 JO25 around its safe close encounter with the Earth. Below is one of the images we collected.
The image above is the average of six, 5-seconds exposures, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. At the imaging time, this ~1km large asteroid was at about 1.9 millions of km from us and leaving. While we were observing it, 2014 JO25 peaked in brightness at mag. 10.7 or so, easy to see with a binocular!
Below is the podcast from our live coverage, where we see this rock moving across the stars.
For sure it was a great sight, also considering how bright this asteroid was. We are looking forward to share new events with you, stay tuned!
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