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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Near Earth Asteroid 2013 SC324 flies by (25 October)

NEO 2013 SC324 imaged with iTelescope T14 (New Mexico) on 25 October 2014 at 5:45 am. The image is a stack of 7 x 60 second Luminance exposures. The images were  stacked in ImageJ, a MAX Z project made. Click to embiggen so the track is clearer.Animation of 2013 SC324 using the frames in the previous image. Click to embiggen.

Near Earth Asteroid 2013 SC324 is a 65 meter space rock that buzzed by on the 25th, coming within 1.5 Earth Moon distances at 19:20 24 October UT (that was early in the morning of the 25th, Australian time). I imaged it using the New Mexico iTelescope T14 just on Astronomical twilight, when it was around magnitude 17 and the dawn was messing up the image, but I got it all right.

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