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Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14 Time-lapse

We held four live public shows tonight; each with live images of Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14 as it made its close approach to Earth.

This is a time-lapse made up of 100 of those images taken with the +Slooh Space Camera robotic telescope, showing the asteroid as a pinpoint of light as it moved against the streaking background stars.  Because of its close proximity to Earth, its apparent rate of speed changed rapidly, so adjustments had to be made to the telescope's pointing every few minutes.

We had already planned these events weeks beforehand - little did we know that another lump of space rock would burn up over Russia 12hrs before the asteroid's close pass, causing widespread damage and injury.  The events were not linked.

We discussed that and much else on the live shows - you can see recordings of the shows here:

Main Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14 Show: http://youtu.be/3zCMLVG802k
First Russian Meteor/Asteroid 2012 DA14 Show: http://youtu.be/NAGsHaAPa94
Second Russian Meteor/Asteroid 2012 DA14 Show: http://youtu.be/Y2oDLDwnPAI
Last Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14 Final Show: http://youtu.be/qnoXQdGh4Lk

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Its good the weather co-operated in the Canary's, all I got was cloud
 
That's a pity +Paul Stewart.  We were definitely lucky, although it did get quite hazy for the later live events.  +Matt Francis got some terrific images of NEO 2008 DG17 from his observatory in Arizona.
 
You and Matt did a wonderful job tracking that little rock, I know how difficult that it can be.
 
Thank you +Paul Cox for losing sleep to rise to the occasion and host the event! Well done! 
 
Thanks for posting this, I was just looking for the last show, I fell asleep midway through it.
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