Artist’s Impression of Asteroid 1999 KW4
The unique capabilities of the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have enabled it to obtain the sharpest images of a double asteroid as it flew by Earth on 25 May. While this double asteroid was not itself a threatening object, scientists used the opportunity to rehearse the response to a hazardous Near-Earth Object (NEO), proving that ESO’s front-line technology could be critical in planetary defence.
This artist’s impression shows both components of the double asteroid 1999 KW4 during its Earth fly-by.Credit:
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|Release date:||3 June 2019, 12:00|
|Size:||6531 x 3888 px|
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