Asteroid 2014 JO25 and the Black Eye Galaxy M64

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
20 April 2017, 0553UT
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Asteroid 2014 JO25 moving past the background galaxy M64 which is known as the Black Eye Galaxy. The asteroid is moving away from Earth. It is 1.71 million miles from Earth in this image and is moving at 1.618 degrees per hour across Earth's skies. The asteroid streak is 8.1 arc minutes (0.135 degrees) long in this 5 minute image.
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Mike Olason

About Mike Olason

I started imaging comets in 1994 with an ST-5 CCD Camera and an 11" SC Telescope. Since then the CCD cameras have changed (ST-7, ST-402ME and STF-8300M), but I am still using the 11" SC Telescope. Naturally I have used a lot of smaller telescopes to obtain larger fields of view. I live south of Denver at an elevation of 6150 feet which allows me to image comets down to about magnitude 20.5. My images are not pretty, they have only been dark subtracted, flat fielded, contrast/brightness adjusted and maybe a median filter to reduce the image noise. This is all done with the camera software CCDOps. The comet images reflect reality, not photographic artistry.
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