(ORDO NEWS) — Today, May 20, 2020, a very small near-Earth asteroid called 2020 KR made a very close but safe passage near the Earth, approaching our planet at a distance of about 395,000 km. This roughly corresponds to the distance to our moon.
The above image was taken from a single 300-second exposure taken remotely with the Elena robot (PlaneWave 17 “+ Paramount ME + SBIG STL-6303E), which is part of the Virtual Telescope project. The telescope carefully tracked the fast (430” / min) the apparent movement of the asteroid, so the stars look like long tracks, while the asteroid looks like a very weak, but clear point of light in the center of the image, marked by an arrow. The facility was weak, only 18.6 m and very low (24 degrees in height) on the NE horizon: this made image acquisition difficult.
During the survey, the asteroid 2020 KR was at a minimum distance from us (about 395,000 km) and quickly faded away.
The asteroid has dimensions from 6.3 to 14 meters and reached the minimum distance from the planet on May 20, 2020.
Naturally, he poses no risks to our planet.
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