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Astronomer Leonardo Amaral discovered a kilometer-wide asteroid that had just passed near Earth without being seen in advance.
Un astéroïde capable de causer une véritable catastrophe une fois arrivé sur Terre a été détecté par un astronome amateur brésilien, rapporte The Planetary Society.
Amateur Finds Kilometer-Size Asteroid – Our latest post for @SkyandTelescope on how a Planetary Society grant enabled Leonardo Amaral to spot 2020 QU6: https://t.co/hBFviSacLu pic.twitter.com/kRa8xaAEps
2020 QU6 est passé le 10 septembre à une distance évaluée à 40 million kilometers from Earth. However, le fait qu’il ait été jusqu’à récemment inconnu des astronomes prouve que les systèmes de suivi des objets spatiaux potentiellement dangereux laissent toujours à désirer, estiment les chercheurs.
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Asteroid, Astronomy, Earth, Potentially hazardous object
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