Asteroid 2010 TD54 Whizzes Close to Earth

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A ‘movie’ put together from images of the October 12, 2010 approach of asteroid 2010 TD54. Image credit: Patrick Wiggins, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador to Utah

Amateur [astronomer][3] [Patrick Wiggins][4] from Utah (and fellow [Solar System Ambassador][5]) was able to capture images this morning of the newly found [asteroid][6] 2010 TD54 that whizzed by [Earth][7] — harmlessly — coming within about 46,000 km (less than 30,000 miles) of our [planet][8]. The small asteroid [was only detected this past Saturday][9], and NASA’s [Near Earth Object][10] Office predicted there was only 1 in a million chance it would hit Earth, and was small enough that it wouldn’t survive a fiery trip through [the atmosphere][11] even if it was going to make crash head-on into Earth. Patrick put together a couple of “movies” from the images he captured. They show the asteroid whispering silently through the sky, although moving along fairly quickly at 17.37 km/s. Estimates are the asteroid is about 7.3 m wide, and contained the energy of about 22 kilotons if it would have come crashing through Earth’s [atmosphere][11]. For this animation, the [mount][12] was set to allow the target to pass through the field of view, and includes 16 five-second exposures shot between 08:51:51 and 08:54:04 UTC.

There’s an additional image below.

(…) Read the rest of [Video: Asteroid 2010 TD54 Whizzes Close to Earth][13] (240 words)

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