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Observation by Nick James: NEO 2020 SW

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Nick James

Observer

Nick James

Observed

2020 Sep 22 - 22:37

Uploaded

2020 Sep 23 - 06:58

Equipment
  • Celestron HD11 + FLI6303
Exposure

14x30s

Location

Chelmsford, UK

Target name

2020 SW

Title

NEO 2020 SW

About this image

This sub 10m diameter NEO is due to make a close flyby of the Earth tomorrow (Sept 24.45) well inside the geostationary satellite orbit (see here and here). This image was taken when it was 740,000 km away. Tonight (Sept 23/24)  the range will be down to 244,000 km at midnight and it will be moving rapidly south. The Earth's gravity significantly affects the orbit (see here) and makes it a potentially hazardous object for Venus. 

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