The VLT images the very faint near-Earth object 2009 FD

The faint spot at the centre of this picture from ESO's Very Large Telescope is the Near-Earth Object 2009 FD. It may look insignificant, but there was a possibility that this asteroid would collide with the Earth in the future and cause devastation. Fortunately the latest VLT observations, part of a collaboration with the European Space Agency, have shown that this is much less likely than initially feared.

The stars in this picture appear trailed as the telescope was tracking the motion of the asteroid during the exposures.

Kredit:

ESO

O snímku

Id:ann14004a
Typ:Pozorování
Datum zveřejnění:21. ledna 2014 12:00
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Velikost:1000 x 754 px

O objektu

Jméno:2009 FD
Typ:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Kategorie:Solar System

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OptickýVery Large Telescope
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