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Asteroid Ryugu from the Very Large Telescope

Asteroid Ryugu from the Very Large Telescope

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ESO / VLT / D. Perna and A. Barucci

Asteroid Ryugu from the Very Large Telescope
Summer 2016 was the last opportunity for Earth-based observers to obtain data on asteroid 162173 Ryugu before the arrival of Hayabusa2. This photo, taken by the FORS2 instrument on the 8.2-meter Antu telescope, was part of a series of observations designed to pin down its rotation period (either 3.8 or 7.6 hours) and pole orientation. More information

Original image data dated on or about July 12, 2016

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