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Interactive video lesson plan for: Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach

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Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p.m. EST, or 19:24:24 UTC), Feb. 15, 2013.

At that time, the asteroid was about 17,150 miles (27,600 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

The asteroid appears streaked because the telescope was focused on the stars while the asteroid passed through the field of view.

Images courtesy of Gingin Observatory/Tonello

Tagged under: NASA,JPL,Jet Propulsion Laboratory,space,science,asteroid,Asteroid 2012 DA14,Australia,telescope,Near-Earth Object,NEO,Earth,moon,satellite

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