Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2022 RM4 close encounter: a video – 26 Oct. 2022

Last night, we captured a sequence showing the potentially hazardous asteroid 2022 RM4 in motion, while safely approaching us.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2022 RM4. 26 Oct. 2022.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2022 RM4. 26 Oct. 2022.

The timelapse above comes from 30, 30-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, so image after image the stars on the background are slowly sliding to the right.

At the imaging time, potentially hazardous asteroid 2022 RM4 was at about 12.5 millions of km from us and safely approaching our Earth. 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.

On 1 Nov. 2022 it will come as close as 6 lunar distances, about 2.3 millions of km: of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.

We will show it live on the night of its fly-by, on 1 Nov. 2022!

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