2012 TC4 observed (annotated)

Near Earth Asteroid 2012 TC4 appears as a dot at the centre of this composite of 37 individual 50-second exposures obtained with the FORS2 instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The asteroid is marked with a circle for a better identification. The individual images have been shifted to compensate for the motion of the asteroid, so that the background stars and galaxies appear as bright trails. At magnitude 27, this is the faintest Near Earth Asteroid so far measured.

Credit:

ESO / ESA NEOCC / Olivier Hainaut (ESO), Marco Micheli (ESA) and Detlef Koschny (ESA)

About the Image

Id:ann17052a
Type:Artwork
Release date:10 August 2017, 15:00
Related announcements:ann17052
Size:1204 x 780 px

About the Object

Name:2012 TC4
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:Illustrations
Solar System

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