The U.S. space agency NASA released the first images of the asteroid is expected to pass tomorrow to just 27, 860 kilometers from Earth, the closest approximation of a cosmic object registered hazardous to our planet.
On its Web site, NASA posted a animated sequence in black and white made up of three images that you can see the path of the asteroid when it is still 748,000 miles from Earth.
The sequence was created by astronomers Remanzacco Observatory in Italy, from photos taken by remote control by the Faulkes Telescope South at Siding Springs (Australia), according to the space agency.
The asteroid was detected by amateur astronomers affiliated Sagra Observatory (Mallorca, Spain) a year ago, when it was at 4.3 million kilometers from Earth, and the planet is approaching 28,100 kilometers per hour.
The space rock, the size of half a football field, is so opaque that astronomers can only observe its trajectory in the infrared range of the spectrum which reflects the sun’s heat
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