Near-Earth Asteroid 2019 UB8 very close encounter: an image (27 Oct. 2019)
On 29 Oct. 2019, the near-Earth asteroid 2019 UB8 will have a safe, very close encounter with our planet, coming at about 190.000 km from us, half of the average distance the Moon. We managed to captured it and we will show it live around its fly-by time, next 29 Oct.!
The image above comes from the average of three, 500-seconds exposures, 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 long trails, while the asteroid looks like a faint, sharp dot of light in the center of the image, marked by an arrow.
The image above is quite exceptional, considering how faint (being small, see below) and fast moving this rock is.
At the imaging time, asteroid 2019 UB8 was at about 1.3 millions of km from the Earth and it was on its way approaching us.
This 4.3-9.5 meters large asteroid will reach its minimum distance (190.000 km) from us on 29 Oct. 2019, at 06:30 UTC. Of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.
We are scheduling a live feed on 29 Oct. 2019, starting at 00:30 UTC to track it live: more soon!
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