(ORDO NEWS) — May 28, 2020, near the near-Earth asteroid 2020 KJ4 there was a momentous event – it flew extremely close, but safely next to our planet. As close as possible to us at a distance of 142,000 kilometers – this is only 1/3 of the average distance from the Earth to the Moon.
The above image was obtained from a single 600-second exposure, taken remotely using the Elena device (PlaneWave 17 ″ + Paramount ME + SBIG STL-6303E), available on a virtual telescope. The telescope tracked the fast visible movement of the asteroid, so the stars show long tracks, while the asteroid looks like a faint but sharp point of light in the center of the image, marked by an arrow.
During the 2020 survey, KJ4 was located at a distance of about 600,000 km from Earth, and it was safely approaching us. It was discovered by a survey from the Pan-STARRS telescope on May 21, 2020.
This asteroid has dimensions from 2.8 to 6.2 meters and has reached its minimum distance (about 142,000 km) from us on May 28, 2020 at 16:21 Moscow time. Of course, there were no risks to our planet.
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