Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2022 RM4 close encounter: a image – 14 Oct. 2022
On 1 Nov. 2022, the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2022 RM4 will have a close, but safe encounter with our Earth, coming as close as 2.3 millions of km, six times the average lunar distance. We imaged it while approaching us.
The image above comes from the average of eight, 180-second exposure, 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, this is why stars look like short trails while the asteroid is a sharp dot of light.
At the imaging time, potentially hazardous asteroid 2022 RM4 was at about 36 millions of km from us and was safely approaching our planet.
This 330-740 meters large asteroid (source: Nasa/JPL) was discovered by the Pan-STARRS survey on 12 Sept. 2022 and announced three days later. Of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.
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