PIA21452: Angular Asteroid Composite
Target Name: Asteroid
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
Product Size: 3291 x 2521 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This composite of 25 images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 was generated with radar data collected using NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert. The images were gathered on Feb. 7, 2017, between 8:39 and 9:50 p.m. PST (11:39 p.m. EST and 12:50 a.m., Feb. 7), revealing an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages and operates NASA's Deep Space Network, including the Goldstone Solar System Radar, and hosts the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies for NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations Program within the agency's Science Mission Directorate.

JPL hosts the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies for NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations Program within the agency's Science Mission Directorate.

More information about asteroids and near-Earth objects can be found at http://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov and http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR

Image Addition Date:
2017-02-10