Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2020 DB5 close encounter: a image – 8 June 2023
We imaged again the potentially hazardous asteroid 2020 DB5 (diameter between 380 and 850 meters): next 15 June 2023, it 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.
The image above comes from the average of six, 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 6.6 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.
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