Approaching Asteroid


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A small asteroid flying past Earth on 12 October will provide scientists with a valuable opportunity to learn more about its orbit and composition. The campaign will exercise the international network of observatories and research organisations working on planetary defence.

Astronomers recently spotted asteroid 2012 TC4 under a collaboration between ESA and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) to locate faint objects that might strike Earth. This is the first observation since 2012, when the asteroid was discovered by the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. It was found this time by ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile.

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This article and images were originally posted on [ESA Top News] August 10, 2017 at 09:58AM

Credit to Author and ESA Top News

 

 

 

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