Astronomers Provide a Peek at Asteroid 2012 DA14

by Nancy Atkinson on February 14, 2013

Asteroid 2012 DA14 as seen on February 14, 2013 at 11:00 UTC when the asteroid was at 0.018 Astronomical Unit from Earth. Images taken with Faulkes Telescope South operated by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network by E.Gomez. Animation by Ernesto Guido and Nick Howes, Remanzacco Observatory.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 as seen on February 14, 2013 at 11:00 UTC when the asteroid was at 0.018 Astronomical Unit from Earth. Images taken with Faulkes Telescope South operated by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network by E.Gomez. Animation by Ernesto Guido and Nick Howes, Remanzacco Observatory.

Our friends Ernesto Guido and Nick Howes from the Remanzacco Observatory — along with Edward Gomez from the Faulkes Telescope — have nabbed a look at asteroid 2012 DA14 as it was approaching Earth on Feb. 14, 2013 at around 11:06UT. Guido and Howes said the asteroid was about 748,000 kilometers (465,000 miles) from Earth, and was only about magnitude 17 in brightness. The animation was created from 3 images taken by Faulkes Telescope South through a 2.0-m f/10.0 Ritchey-Chretien telescope with a CCD. (You may have to click on the image for the animation, depending on your browser.)

See their website for some unique animations and detailed info about tomorrow’s (Feb. 15, 2013) close flyby of this 50 meter- (164 feet-) wide space rock.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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