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Close flyby of 40m-wide Asteroid 2012 TV

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M.P.E.C. reported the discovery of the Asteroid 2012 TV on October 6, 2012. Asteroid was  magnitude 17.6 when was discovered by team from Tenagra II Observatory.

According to Remanzacco Observatory, Asteroid 2012 TV has an estimated size of 24 m – 55 m (H=25.1). Asteroid 2012 TV is flying through the Earth-Moon system about 2/3rd of the way between the Earth and the Moon at 15:04 UTC on October 7, 2012 – a close approach with Earth at about 0.66 LD (Lunar Distances = ~384,000 kilometers) or 0.0017 AU (1 AU = ~150 million kilometers).

This asteroid will reach the magnitude 13.5 on October 07 around 13-14 UTC and will be a good target for experienced amateur astronomers with mid-sized telescopes..

Below you can see our image, stack of 40×15-second exposures, taken with the asteroid at magnitude ~15.6 and moving at 14.30″/min. At the moment of the close approach on October 07, 2012 TV will move at ~ 815″/min.

Featured image credit: Remanzacco Observatory

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2 Comments

  1. NASA said there are still more objects out there that we are looking for. If there was anything significant we would have found it. A 40 mile wide asteroid passing in between the Moon Earth system is fairly significant. Considering it’s been here and gone now. Not like we just found it and it’s 200 million miles away still. Lets not hold our breath on what NASA says. We now know Mars photos have been faked. Entire areas cloned over. Why would photos of Mars have to be cloned over? They don’t want us to know they found what, red rocks? Blue rocks? Elvis? City remnants..maybe?

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