Image of Asteroid Bennu from Earth May 2012

Earth-Based View of Asteroid Bennu, May 2012

On May 15, 2012, asteroid Bennu (then known as 1999 RQ36) was observed using the Vatican Observatory’s VATT 1.8-m Telescope. This image is a combination of 24 images with 60-second exposure times taken using the telescope’s R filter.

Date Taken: May 15, 2012

Instrument Used: Vatican Observatory VATT 1.8-m Telescope

Credit: Carl Hergenrother/University of Arizona/Vatican Observatory


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