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Asteroid 2020 TF6 will come within 40% of moon’s distance on October 19

19 Oct 2020, 10:30 UTC
Asteroid 2020 TF6 will come within 40% of moon’s distance on October 19
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View larger. | Near-Earth asteroid 2020 TF6. October 18, 2020. A telescope tracked the fast apparent motion of the asteroid. This is why stars show as long trails, while the asteroid looks like a bright and sharp dot of light in the center of the image, marked by an arrow. Image via Gianluca Masi/ Virtual Telescope Project.
Later today, the near-Earth asteroid 2020 TF6 will have a extremely close, but safe, approach with our planet, reaching a minimum distance from the Earth of about 93,000 miles (150,000 km), about 40% of the average distance of the moon. This large asteroid – estimated size 28 to 62 feet (8.4 to 19 meters) – will reach its minimum distance from us on October 19, 2020, at 19:24 UTC; translate UTC to your time.
We imaged it last night.
The image above comes from a single, 120-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the Elena (PlaneWave 17?+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope.
At the imaging time, asteroid 2020 TF6 was at about 600,000 miles (970,000) km from the Earth and approaching us.
It was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon survey on October, 16, 2020.
Of course, there are no risks ...

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