Gary Hug Discovery Images for Near Earth Asteroid 2013 AS27
Filed under pretty pictures, Shoemaker NEO Grants, asteroids, near-Earth asteroids, optical telescopes
On January 7, 2013, Gary Hug discovered near Earth asteroid 2013 AS27 using the new capabilities from a Planetary Society Shoemaker grant provided camera. These two cycling images, taken 13 minutes apart, show the asteroid moving relative to the background stars. Note that there are also "blinking" pixels in the same region that just represent pixel noise, probably from cosmic ray hits in the detector during one image or the other.
Original image data dated on or about January 7, 2013