Sunday, June 26, 2011
Asteroid 2011 MD a VERY close approach
Its not every day, that an asteroid misses by less than 3-5 earth Radii. Photographed here on Sunday evening 26th, it can be seen streaking across the sky. The photo was taken on a 20 inch telescope in New Mexico controlled by my iPhone.
Its close approach is being followed with great interest, more for honing the skills and techniques of the Minor Planet Center and the network of asteroid hunting Astronomers, rather than because it posses any real danger.
Hi-Def Youtube Version.
It will pass inside the orbit of many of the Geostationary satellites, hopefully with out hitting any of them.
In 2008 an asteroid of similar size, 2008 TC3 slammed into Sudan lighting up the night sky. A team of researchers subsequently recovered over 10 Kilograms of fragments, which further research has found contained some amino acids.
I managed to grab 10 x 120 sec images and put together this short video.
[Apologies the title says 2001....it should read 2011]