Friday, March 14, 2014

Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 EM: a new image from The Virtual Telescope Project

Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 EM: 14 Mar. 2014

Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 EM: 14 Mar. 2014

The Virtual Telescope hosted a live event to observe near-earth asteroid 2014 EM while approaching our planet. Despite the almost full Moon and plenty of haze above the southern horizon, we succeed recording and showing this 40 meters large rock.

Above is a single 290-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The paramount ME robotic mount was asked to track the fast, 55″/minute, apparent motion of the asteroid, which appears at the center of the image as a sharp dot of light. As a consequence, the stars are apparently sliding on the background.

More info about 2014 are available here at asteroidlive.com.

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