Once again, an asteroid is set to make a high velocity, "near" flyby of the Earth, which comes within a minimum distance of 487,000 km, which is slightly more than the lunar average orbit.
Asteroid 2019 UM12, which measures up to 69 meters in diameter and travels at speeds above 30 700 km / h, will be closest to us at 17:41 UTC on November 7. Only discovered by NASA on October 24, the space stone has never gone through this cosmic forest in the throat and probably never will again.
Thankfully, people using powerful telescopes didn't need as much of a head-up to capture the 2019 UM12 in all its glory.
This image shows the asteroid on its way to our garden. The motion tracking technology used to get a decent photo of the asteroid resulted in the stars in the background stretching out in long tracks while the asteroid appears as a simple, bright dot at a distance of about 1
The asteroid measures about 3.7 times larger than the spacecraft that buzzed the earth at half-moon distance on November 4.
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