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Goldstone radar images of asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2

Filed under radio telescopes, near-Earth asteroids, pretty pictures, asteroids, radar imaging, Deep Space Network, animation

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Goldstone radar images of asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2 Animation of thirteen images captured by the Goldstone radio telescope on May 30, 2013, as asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2 was only 6 million kilometers from Earth. Its closest approach was yet to come, on May 31 at 20:59 UTC. This version has been blurred to reduce the distracting effect of radio noise. Click through for more information and other versions.

NASA / JPL / Emily Lakdawalla

Here is the original set of images from which the animation was made, taken from this NASA press release:

Goldstone radar observations of asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2, May 30, 2013

NASA / JPL

Goldstone radar observations of asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2, May 30, 2013

Copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

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Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about May 30, 2013

 

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