Obviously someone doesn't have the first clue how space observation actualy works. It isn't done with a webcam out in space, like they were expecting.
Not everyone can bring in 3d pictures. Why? That is not how telescopes work. If you actually look at most pictures, there is a disclaimer telling you
that it is a composite, or a picture drawn up by cgi, to show you how the data is interpreted to look like.
Astonomers don't receive direct pictures like a telescope, they receive signals and data, that must then be interpreted by the people who understand
It is like being given the code to a computer program, you won't see an icon on the screen, you see the crunched numbers fed into the computer, and
only the programer can read it and interpret it. This is why you don't see pictures for 6 months after an event, they have to translate the data and
figure out what it is showing.
So to even see a white dot moving through space, live, 17,000 miles away,finding its trajectory and following it, is nothing short of a miracle.
Also, NASA, and the NEO society, are the only ones to look for NEO. Since this is passing a trajectory that can't be viewed from the US, they have to
rely on volunteers to watch it.
Somebody has watched too much science channel that cgi all the data to show you what it would look like, and they think it actualy looks like that too
There is no "real time" camera or Web cam on board the telescope for live relay links. The images that the Hubble takes are digital pictures and
spectra released to the public after one year (to allow the investigators time to do their research).
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