Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2013 BO76 close encounter: a image – 5 Mar. 2022

Next 24 Mar. 2022, the potentially hazardous asteroid 2013 BO76 will safely come relatively close to us, at 5.1 millions of km, about 13 times the average lunar distance. Here it is our recent image.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2013 BO76 close encounter: 5 Mar. 2022.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2013 BO76 close encounter: 5 Mar. 2022.

The image above comes from the average of five, 180-second exposures, remotely taken with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″ + Paramount ME + SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid.

At the imaging time, asteroid 2013 BO76 was at about 24 millions of km from the Earth and it was slowly approaching us. It was discovered by the PanSTARRS survey on 17 Jan. 2013.

This 200 – 450 meters large asteroid will reach its minimum distance (about 5.1 millions of km, almost 13.3 times the average lunar distance) from us on 24 Mar. 2022, at 22:55 UTC (source: Nasa/JPL). Of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.

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