Near-Earth Asteroid 2020 CG2 very close encounter: an image (16 Feb. 2020)
One hour ago, the near-Earth asteroid 2020 CG2 had a safe, very close encounter with our planet, reaching a minimum distance from us of about 850.000 km, 2.3 times the average distance the Moon. A few hours before we grabbed it, here it is our image.
The image above comes from a single, 240-seconds exposure, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The telescope tracked the fast apparent motion (100″/minute) of the asteroid, this is why stars show as long trails, while the asteroid looks like a sharp dot of light in the center of the image, marked by an arrow.
This 35-78 meters large asteroid reached its minimum distance (about 850.000 km) from us on 17 Feb. 2020, at 08:19 UTC. Of course, there were no risks at all for our planet.
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