Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were performed on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA’s 70-meter (230-foot) receiver during a Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They exhibit an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in stretch that rotates about once each 3 hours. The images have resolutions as excellent as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel.
“The radar images uncover comparatively pointy corners, prosaic regions, concavities, and tiny splendid spots that might be boulders,” pronounced Lance Benner of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who leads a agency’s asteroid radar investigate program. “Asteroid 2017 BQ6 reminds me of a bones used when personification Dungeons and Dragons. It is positively some-more bony than many near-Earth asteroids imaged by radar.”
Asteroid 2017 BQ6 safely upheld Earth on Feb. 6 during 10:36 p.m. PST (1:36 a.m. EST, Feb. 7) during about 6.6 times a stretch between Earth and a moon (about 1.6 million miles, or 2.5 million kilometers). It was detected on Jan. 26 by a NASA-funded Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) Project, operated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory on a Air Force Space Command’s Space Surveillance Telescope during White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
Radar has been used to observe hundreds of asteroids. When these small, healthy ruins of a arrangement of a solar complement pass comparatively tighten to Earth, low space radar is a absolute technique for study their sizes, shapes, rotation, aspect features, and roughness, and for some-more accurate integrity of their orbital path.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages and operates NASA’s Deep Space Network, including a Goldstone Solar System Radar, and hosts a Center for Near-Earth Object Studies for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program within a agency’s Science Mission Directorate.
JPL hosts a Center for Near-Earth Object Studies for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program within a agency’s Science Mission Directorate.
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