Asteroids and Comets

Asteroid 2006 VV2 lightcurve
Asteroid 2006 VV2 lightcurve
Asteroid 2006 VV2 lightcurve

Asteroid 2006 VV2 lightcurve

Asteroids are very important at the Virtual Telescope: we reserve a special attention to them, particularly to those on orbits bringing them close to our planet, the so-called “near-Earth Objects” (NEOs).

We perform photometric and astrometric observations, contributing both to the physical understanding of these bodies and their orbit determination.

On nightly basis, we contribute to the confirmation of suspected, newly discovered near-Earth objects, via the Minor Planet Center.

Below we report some of our results in this area, please note they are just a very small fraction of our total activity in the field).

a) Astrometry




b) Photometry

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2012 QH49

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