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Newly Discovered Near-Earth Object
2023-03-09| 【A A A【Print】【Close】

A new Near-Earth Object has been discovered by the Nanshan One-meter Wide field Telescope (NOWT) of Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory (XAO).  

This Near-Earth Object was first observed by the NOWT on Feb. 26. The Minor Planet Center under the International Astronomical Union confirmed the discovery of the Near-Earth Object which was designated 2023 DB2.

The discovery resulted from cooperation between the XAO and Xingming amateur astronomy team.

The researchers confirmed that the Near-Earth Object 2023 DB2 does not threaten the Earth. It is more than 30 million km  from Earth’s orbit at its closest approach, approximately 80 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

XAO will offer its full support to further the cooperation with amateur astronomers, especially with Xingming Observatory. 

The orbit of Near-Earth Object 2023 DB2

Contact: FENG Guojie

Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences


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