Watch an SUV-sized asteroid zoom by Earth in a close shave flyby

Asteroid 2023 BU during its approach to Earth seen through the eyes of the Virtual Telescope in Italy.
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Asteroid 2023 BU zipped past Earth on Thursday night (January 26) to the delight of amateur astronomers worldwide. For skywatchers without telescopes or whose views were hampered by bad weather, luckily the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project was there to observe the event and livestream the whole thing for free.

The Virtual Telescope is a robotic telescope operated by Italian amateur astronomer Gianluca Masi near Rome, Italy. Ace 2023 BU to strike the worldThe telescope was able to track the rock through cloud gaps when it was about 13,670 miles (22,000 kilometers) from its closest point on Earth’s surface (about its altitude GPS Navigation Satellite Constellation) and 22,990 miles (37,000 km) from the virtual telescope.

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