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Close Approach of PHA Asteroid 2012 QG42

September 9, 2012 Comments off

On September 14th, at 05:12 GMT (09:12 Moscow time) asteroid 2012 QG42 will fly at the distance of 0.019 AU – which is 2.84 million kilometers, or about 7.4 average distances from planet Earth to the Moon.

In the future, this asteroid will fly even closer to Earth.  On September 15, 2039 it will fly at the distance of 0.014 AU (5.6 distance to the Moon), and on February 15, 2013 at 23:25 MSK -at the distance of 26.9 thousand kilometers far from our planet.  This distance is shorter than the height of the geostationary satellites.

M.P.E.C. 2012-Q72, issued on 2012 Aug. 28, reports the discovery of the PHA asteroid 2012 QG42 (discovery magnitude 16.8) by Catalina Sky Survey on images taken on August 26.3 with a 0.68-m Schmidt + CCD.
2012 QG42 has an estimated size of 200 m – 500 m (H=20.4) and it will have a close approach with Earth at Read more…
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