Near-Earth Asteroid 2023 MU2 very close encounter: a image – 23 June 2023
On 25 June 2023, the near-Earth asteroid 2023 MU2 will have a very close, but safe encounter with our Earth, coming as close as 215.000 km from its center, 60% of the average lunar distance. We captured it while approaching us.
The image above comes from the average of four, 120-second exposure, remotely taken with the Celestron C14+Paramount ME+SBIG ST8-XME robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project.
At the imaging time, asteroid 2023 MU2 was at about 770000 km from us and was safely approaching our planet.
This asteroid was discovered on 21 June 2023 and announced the following day. Its diameter in estimated in the 3.8 – 8.6 meters range, while the minimum distance will be reached on 25 June 2023, at 23:19 UTC (source: Nasa/JPL). Of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.
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