Daily Image 13-11-2011
Nijmegen Astronomers observed close fly-by of large asteroid 2005 YU55
| Sander ter Veen
| Only in 2028 will another asteroid of this size get as close to the Earth again as the 400 m diameter asteroid 2005 YU55 did on November 8th. A team of scientists from the department of Astronomy in Nijmegen and from the Astronomische Kring Nijmegen (AKN) were able to observe the fly-by with the 35 cm telescope of the department and succeeded in making a movie of this rare event. The asteroid passed the Earth at a distance of only 85% of the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
In the video you can see the asteroid coming from the top and moving to the bottom of the picture. This video has been composed from single images that have been taken between 2:07 and 2:27 at November 10 in Nijmegen.
| Marc Fokker & Department of Astrophysics RU Nijmegen & AKN
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