Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2011 AM24 close encounter: an image – 3 June 2024.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2024 AM24 will have a relatively close, but obviously safe encounter with the Earth on 26 July 2024, coming as close as 6.4 million of km from us. We continue our follow-up.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2011 AM24: 3 June 2024.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2011 AM24: 3 June 2024.

The image above comes from a single 300-second exposure, 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 apparent motion of the asteroid, so it looks like a sharp dot of light, indicated with a white arrow, while stars leave bright streaks on the background. As we see the object was crossing a very dense star field.

When we captured the picture above, asteroid 2011 AM24 was at about 29.5 million of km from us.

This 500m large asteroid will reach its minimum distance (about 6.4 million of km, 16.7 times the average lunar distance) from us on 26 July 2024, at 15:56 UTC (source: Nasa/JPL). Of course, there are no risks at all for our planet.

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