Near-Earth Asteroid 2018 VX1 very close encounter: an image (7 Nov. 2018)
Next 10 Nov. 2018, the near-Earth asteroid 2018 VX1 will safely have a very close encounter with our planet, coming at about 380.000 km from us, a bit closer than the Moon. We just captured it!
* NB: versione in italiano qui! *
The image above comes from the average of eight, 180-seconds exposure, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid, this is why stars show as small trails, while the asteroid looks like a sharp dot of light in the center of the image, marked by two red lines.
At the imaging time, asteroid 2018 VX1 was at about 1.5 millions of km from the Earth and it was on its way approaching us.
This 8-18 meters large asteroid will reach its minimum distance (380.000 km) from us next 10 Nov. 2018, at 18:20 UTC. Of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.
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