PIA16738: Outbound Near-Earth Asteroid, as Seen from Spain
Target Name: Asteroid
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca
Instrument: La Sagra Sky Survey
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This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest -- and safe -- approach to Earth. The images were taken around 12:59 p.m. PST (3:59 p.m. EST, or 20:59 UTC) on Feb. 15, 2013.

The images have been sped up 10 times.

In the last set of images, the fainter object that passes near the top of the field of view is a satellite or another asteroid.

Image Credit:
Courtesy of La Sagra Sky Survey

Image Addition Date:
2013-02-15