Near-Earth Asteroid 2016 VA – very close encounter

The near-Earth asteroid 2016 VA was discovered by the Mount Lemmon Sky Survey (part of the Catalina Sky Survey) in Arizona (USA) on 1 November 2016 and announced later the same day by the Minor Planet Center.

The object was going to have a very close encounter with the Earth, at 0.2 lunar distances (c 80,000 km).

The asteroid was believed to be 7 to 22 meters wide, was traveling about 48,000 mph (77,000 km/h) relative to Earth during the close encounter.

FULL STORY : www.virtualtelescope.eu/2016/11/02/near-earth-asteroid-2016-va-very-close-encounter-eclipse-01-nov-2016

DATE : 2 November 2016

SOURCE : The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0