Watch an SUV-sized asteroid close to Earth in a razor-thin plane

Asteroid 2023 BU flew past Earth on Thursday night (Jan. 26) to the delight of astronomers around the world. For sky watchers who don’t have access to a telescope or whose view is hampered by bad weather, luckily the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project was on hand to watch the event and giving the whole thing away for free.

The Virtual Telescope is a robotic telescope operated by Italian astronomer Gianluca Masi near Rome, Italy. Like 2023 BU hurt towards The worldThe telescope was able to pick up the rock through a gap in the clouds when it was about 13,670 kilometers (22,000 kilometers) from the nearest point on Earth (about the height of space the highest of the world). GPS navigation satellite constellation) and 22,990 miles (37,000 km) from the Virtual Telescope.

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