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Photo of incoming space rock 2012 DA14; check out a cool asteroid widget

13 Feb 2013, 15:56 UTC
Photo of incoming space rock 2012 DA14; check out a cool asteroid widget Dave Herald
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Congratulations to amateur astronomer Dave Herald of Murrumbateman, Australia! He snapped one of the first images of incoming asteroid 2012 DA14 this morning as it passed through the halo of the rich globular cluster 47 Tucanae. At the time, the … Continue reading →

2012 DA14 is the tiny black dot between tick marks in this reversed (negative) image. It passed near the globular cluster 47 Tucanae (below) this morning Feb. 13, 2013. The picture is a stack of 12 x 1-min exposures. The stars are trailed because the telescope tracked the asteroid. Credit: Dave Herald
Congratulations to amateur astronomer Dave Herald of Murrumbateman, Australia! He snapped one of the first images of incoming asteroid 2012 DA14 this morning as it passed through the halo of the rich globular cluster 47 Tucanae. At the time, the 150-foot-long rock was 744,000 miles from Earth and a very dim magnitude 18.4.
With Friday’s visit by 2012 DA14 swiftly approaching, what better time than now to get an asteroid widget? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has created a widget that helps you keep track of asteroids that are making close approaches to our planet. Called Asteroid Watch, it tracks both near-Earth asteroids and comets.
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