Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2020 DB5 close encounter: a image – 6 June 2023
Next 15 June 2023, the large (diameter between 380 and 850 meters) potentially hazardous asteroid 2020 DB5 will have a relatively close and obviously safe encounter with the Earth. It will come as close as 4.3-million of kilometers, about 11 times the average lunar distance. Here it is our image.
The image above comes from the average of three, 60-second exposures, remotely taken with the Celestron C14+Paramount ME+SBIG ST8-XME robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked the asteroid while imaging.
At the imaging time, asteroid 2020 DB5 was at about 8 millions of km from the Earth and it was slowly approaching us. The asteroid was discovered by the Spacewatch survey, from Kitt Peak Observatory, on 29 Feb. 2020.
This 380m – 850m large asteroid will reach its minimum distance (about 4.3 millions of km, about 11 times the average lunar distance) from us on 15 June 2023, at 02:05 UTC (source: Nasa/JPL). Of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.
Support The Virtual Telescope Project!
Support us! Please, donate and receive unique, LIMITED EDITION set of images of the stunning comet C/2020 F3 Neowise above Rome, of potentially hazardous asteroids, space stations and much more, specifically made for supporters like you!
(you can adjust the amount later)