This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
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Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach

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This movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p.m. EST, or 19:24:24 UTC), Feb. 15, 2013.

At that time, the asteroid was about 17,150 miles (27,600 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

The asteroid appears streaked because the telescope was focused on the stars while the asteroid passed through the field of view.

Image details

ID#:
PIA16736

Date added:
2013-02-15

Target:
Asteroid

Mission:
Gingin Observatory

Size:
1283 x 723 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
1,259

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA16736.tif (2.78 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA16736.jpg (0.12 MB)

Image credit:
Courtesy of Gingin Observatory/Tonello