Near-Earth asteroid 2020 MP1 very close encounter: a image – 24 June 2020
A few hours ago, the near-Earth asteroid 2020 MP1 safely approached our planet, reaching a minimum distance from the Earth of about 460000 km, 1.2 times the average distance of the Moon. We spotted it and present our image here.
The image above comes from a single, 120-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 bright and sharp dot of light in the center of the image, marked by an arrow.
This 17-39 meters large asteroid reached its minimum distance (about 460000 km) from us on 25 June 2020, at 02:04 UTC. Of course, there were no risks at all for our planet.
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