Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (231937) 2001 FO32 close encounter: online observations – 22 Mar. 2021
Next 21 Mar. 2021, the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 231937 (2001 FO32) will have a close, but safe, encounter with us, coming at about 2 millions of km from the Earth. The Virtual Telescope Project will show it to you live, online: join from your home!
The potentially hazardous asteroid (231937) 2001 FO32 has an estimated diameter in the range 770 – 1700 meters (source: Nasa/JPL): this will make it quite bright around the time of the fly-by, so it will be visible through small instruments, mainly from the Southern hemisphere. The Virtual Telescope Project will show it live, online, a few hours after the fly-by, when it will be much fainter and barely visible from the Northern hemisphere, at dawn. This way, you can join the journey from the comfort of your home. It will be quite an extreme task.
The live feed will start on 22 Mar. 2021 at 04:00 UTC.
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