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Goldstone radar images of asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2

Goldstone radar images of asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2

NASA / JPL / Emily Lakdawalla

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.

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

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about May 30, 2013

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