Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2017 VR12 close encounter: online observation – 7 Mar. 2018

Next 7 Mar. 2018, the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2017 VR12 will have a safe close encounter with the Earth, transiting at 1.4 millions of km from us. We offer you a double live coverage of this close approach, thanks to the partnership between the Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories, ltd.

2017 VR12 close approach: poster of the event

2017 VR12 close approach: poster of the event

The telescopes we will use to show you online potentially hazardous asteroid 2017 VR12

The telescopes we will use to show you online potentially hazardous asteroid 2017 VR12

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Next  7 Mar. 2018, at 07:53 UT, the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2017 VR12 will reach the minimum distance from the Earth of about 1.4 millions of km, that is 3.7 lunar distances. This is a very safe distance, so no risks at all for our planet. It will be a nice opportunity to see this ~ 350 meters large asteroid moving across the stars, using small telescopes.

Orbit of the potentially hazardous asteroid 2017 VR12 respect to that of the Earth

Orbit of the potentially hazardous asteroid 2017 VR12 respect to that of the Earth

The Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories, ltd., will offer TWO LIVE EVENTS, sharing real-time images of 2017 VR12 with live commentary by our scientific staff. We will cover this interesting object before and after its rendez-vous.

Our double live coverage is scheduled as below:

  • live from Ceccano, Italy: 7 Mar. 2018, starting at 00:00 UTC
  • live from Arizona, USA: 7 Mar. 2018, starting at 10:00 UTC

To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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