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Littlest known space rock portrayed utilizing Earth-based telescopes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 22:36
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Astronomers have acquired perceptions of the littlest space rock ever portrayed in detail. At 2 meters (6 feet) in measurement, the little space shake is sufficiently little to be straddled by a man in a theoretical space-themed continuation of the famous bomb-riding scene in the film “Dr. Strangelove.”

Interestingly, the asteroid, named 2015 TC25, is also one of the brightest near-Earth asteroids ever discovered. Using data from four different telescopes, a team of astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, reports that 2015 TC25 reflects about 60 percent of the sunlight that falls on it.
Discovered by the UA’s Catalina Sky Survey last October, 2015 TC25 was studied extensively by Earth-based telescopes during a close flyby that saw the micro world sailing past Earth at 128,000 kilometers, a mere third of the distance to the moon.

Rea more @ http://phys.org/news/2016-11-smallest-asteroid-characterized-earth-based-telescopes.html

 

 

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