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PHA asteroid 2012 QE50 close encounter: October 8/9, 2012

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The potentially hazardous asteroid 2012 QE50, discovered on 28 Aug. 2012 by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, will approach our planet with a minimum distance of 31.5 lunar distances (13 millions of km) on October 9, 2012. There is no serious threat for our planet.

The Virtual Telescope provided precious observations at the discovery time, included by the Minor Planet center in the discovery circular. Relatively bright asteroid will show a quite fast apparent motion across the stars.

Asteroid 2012 QE50 will be well visible for several days. Its speed relative to the Earth will be of 11.4 km/s.

The Virtual Telescope Project offer a FREE, online live event, showing the asteroid in real-time, on October 8,2012 at 23:00 UTC live WebTV page).

More on Asteroid 2012 QE50 soon….

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