Near-Earth asteroid 2020 HP6 extremely close encounter: a image and podcast – 26 Apr. 2020
Later today, 27 Apr. 2020, the near-Earth asteroid 2020 HP6 will have a extremely close, but safe encounter with our planet, coming as close as about 130.000 km, 1/3rd of the average lunar distance. Last night, our robotic telescopes captured this superb image.
The image above comes from a single, 300-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The telescope tracked the fast apparent motion 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. The very bright star on the right is Zaniah, Eta Virginis.
We also shared a quick live feed (with no audio) here:
This 6.7-15 meters large asteroid will reach its minimum distance (about 130.000 km) from us on 27 Apr. 2020, at 14:40 UTC. Of course, there areno risks at all for our planet.
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