Asteroid 2011 MD

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Asteroid 2011 MD, barely visible in this NASA image

NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope took this image of asteroid 2011 MD in February 2014. This infrared picture was taken at a wavelength of 4.5 microns over a very long time period (20 hours), which was needed to pick up the faint signature of the small asteroid (near the center of this image). Scientists have narrowed down the size of the space rock to roughly a mere 20 feet (6 meters).