Near-Earth Asteroid 2023 BU extremely close encounter: online observation – 26 Jan. 2023
Next 27 Jan. 2023, the near-Earth Asteroid 2023 BU will have an extremely close, but safe, encounter with us, coming at less than 10.000 km from the Earth’s center, about 25% of the geostationary satellites distance. The Virtual Telescope Project will show it to you live!
The near-Earth asteroid 2023 BU was discovered by G. Borisov on 21 Jan. 2023 and announced the following day. Its diameter in estimated in 3.7 – 8.2 meters the range, while the minimum distance from us will be reached on 27 Jan. 2023 at 00:17 UTC, when this rock will be at 9800 km from the center of the Earth (source: Nasa/JPL). That is 25% of the distance of geostationary satellites, less than 3% of the average lunar distance. Respect to the Earth’s surface, this asteroid will fly just 3500 km above it.
The Virtual Telescope Project will show it live, online, just around the fly-by time. This way, you can have a look from the comfort of your home.
The live feed will start on 26 Jan. 2023 at 19:15 UTC.
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