Mile-Wide Asteroid Photographed By NASA (Photo)

By on Nov 8, 2012 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

A mile-wide asteroid has been photographed by a team of NASA scientists as it moves silently millions of miles from Earth, international news sites reported on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

According to reports, NASA‘s Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California was used by astronomers in NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to capture three new radar images of asteroid 2007 PA8 from October 28 to 30, as shown below.

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The mile-wide asteroid, Asteroid 2007 PA8
Credit: NASA / JPL

“The radar images of asteroid 2007 PA8 indicate that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object approximately one mile (1.6 km) wide, with ridges and perhaps craters. The data also indicate that 2007 PA8 rotates very slowly, roughly once every three to four days.” NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory officials in Pasadena, California, wrote in the image description.

As of Monday, November 5, the asteroid was said to be 4 million miles away from our planet, about 17 times the distance between the Earth and moon.

Astronomers with the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s Lincoln Laboratory discovered the asteroid in 2007, reports said.

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