Asteroid 4179 Toutatis

Asteroid 4179 Toutatis

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Credit: JOHN CHUMACK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Near Earth Asteroid 4179 Toutatis on 9/21/04 from 03:08:12 U.T. to O5:13:03 U.T. Toutatiss four-year orbit exends from inside Earths orbit to the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This image shows the path of Toutatis as it passes near the Earth in September of 2004. 21 images combined - 60 second exposures taken 5 minutes apart for 1.6 hours. 10 SCT & ST-9 CCD.

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