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First Photos of Asteroid 2011 MD 26

Posted by Soulskill
from the bruce-willis-alert-level-reduced-to-green dept.
astroengine writes "At around 1 p.m. EDT on Monday, asteroid 2011 MD narrowly missed Earth's atmosphere, passing well within the orbits of our GPS satellites. Scientists worked hard to track the space rock, and astronomers using the 2-meter Faulkes Telescope in Siding Spring, Australia, managed to image the asteroid. Also, Planetary Science Institute research scientist Pasquale Tricarico put together some pretty cool asteroid-eye-view animations of the event."
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First Photos of Asteroid 2011 MD

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