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Images & Animations of 2012 DA14 Close Approach

16 Feb 2013, 13:52 UTC
Images & Animations of 2012 DA14 Close Approach
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Asteroid 2012 DA14 had a close approach with Earth at 1925 UT on 2013 Feb. 15. at about 0.09 LD (Lunar Distances = ~384,000 kilometers) or 0.0002 AU (1 AU = ~150 million kilometers). For more info about this asteroid and its close approach see our previous post.Below you can find a selection (in chronological order) of our images & animations taken before, during and after the close approach. Image of 2012 DA14 taken remotely from Australia on February 15, 2013 at 17:40UT. Exposure time 5 seconds with a 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer from Q62 (iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring). The asteroid was then of magnitude ~9.5 and moving at ~1140 "/min and less than 2 hours before its close approach of 19:25UT. Click on the image for a bigger version.Below you can see a short animation made by using 3x5-second exposures. Click on the thumbnail for a bigger version.Image taken remotely from Australia on February 15, 2013 at 18:45UT, just 40 minutes before the close approach. Exposure time 60 seconds with a 0.1m f/5.0 Astrograph + CCD from Q62 (iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring). The asteroid was then of magnitude ~7.6 and moving at ~2665 "/min. ...

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