Artist’s Impression of Asteroid 1999 KW4

The unique capabilities of the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have enabled it to obtain the sharpest images of a double asteroid as it flew by Earth on 25 May. While this double asteroid was not itself a threatening object, scientists used the opportunity to rehearse the response to a hazardous Near-Earth Object (NEO), proving that ESO’s front-line technology could be critical in planetary defence.

This artist’s impression shows both components of the double asteroid 1999 KW4 tumbling through space during its Earth fly-by.


ESO/M. Kornmesser

O filmie

Data publikacji:3 czerwca 2019 12:00
Powiązane komunikaty:eso1910
Czas trwania:28 s
Frame rate:25 fps

O obiekcie

Typ:Unspecified : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Kategoria:Solar System

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