6 foot Asteroid “2015TC25” is the smallest Asteroid ever studied
Image Credits: NAU/Lowell Observatory/Discovery Channel Telescope
“This is the first time we have optical, infrared and radar data on such a small asteroid, which is essentially a meteoroid,” Vishnu Reddy, of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
The team found the asteroid to have quite a few chances of hitting the Earth in near future.
The asteroid also rotates every 2 minutes, the fastest ever amongst all asteroids studied till date.
The asteroid was discovered in October 2015, shortly before its Earth flyby, which brought the space rock within just 79,500 miles (128,000 kilometers) of the planet’s surface.
The researchers studied 2015 TC25 using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the Magdalena Ridge Observatory in New Mexico and the Lowell Observatory/Discovery Channel Telescope in Arizona.