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Photos of close asteroid 2014 JO25

Large asteroid 2014 JO25 safely passed Earth on April 19, 2017 at some 1,098,733 miles (1,768,239 km) or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. Images from the EarthSky community here.

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A closely cropped view of galaxy M64 – in the constellation Coma Berenices – and asteroid 2014 JO25, sweeping along in front of the field of view, by Mario Rana in New Mexico, April 19, 2017. He wrote: “Three 5-minute exposures stacked using CCDStack.”

View larger. | Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona also caught 2014 JO25 near M64. He wrote: “It was fairly bright (through a telescope) and easy to see.” Photos captured with a Nikon D810 and 180 mm lens @ ISO 5000 for 6 seconds. Photos processed from NEF.

The video above – from Rich Richins in Las Cruces, New Mexico – shows asteroid 2014 JO25 passing seemingly close to galaxy M64 in Coma Berenices. This animation traces the asteroid’s path for just under three hours. The asteroid enters from the bottom, just left of center and climbs up and right passing just beneath the galaxy on the right.

View larger and read more about this image. | April 19, 2017 image of asteroid 2014 JO25, via the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy.

Mark Hunter in the village of Woolpit in the U.K. captured this image with an 8-inch telescope. He wrote: “13 shots at various exposures from 30s – 2mins. Stacked in pixinsight, finished off in lightroom.”

Gary Marshall wrote: “Asteroid is the faint black streak moving from near bottom center towards top left.”

Steven Bellavia of Mattituck, New York captured this image of 2014 JO25. He also created a time-lapse video of the asteroid, which he posted on Flickr, but, sadly, I could not get it to show up on this page. You can see Steven’s video here. It’s from single 30-second shots, where this fast moving asteroid appears as a streak, entering from the right side of the frame.

Slooh.com ointed its telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands toward the skies and captured 2014 JO25 as it whizzed by.

Bottom line: Photos of large asteroid 2014 JO25, which swept past Earth on April 19, 2017.

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Deborah Byrd

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