This makes 2020 AV2 the first Vatira-class asteroid on the books. It's hard enough to spot asteroids that orbit between the Earth and the sun, and even tougher to find ones inside the orbit of Venus, the second closest planet to our star.
Virtual Telescope Project astronomer Gianluca Masi went on a hunt to help confirm the elusive asteroid and managed to capture an image of it. In a statement on Thursday, Masi discussed why it's so hard to spot asteroids within Earth's orbit (of which only 21 are currently known):
"Ask yourself: how many times have I seen Jupiter? How many times have I seen Mercury? Very likely, you saw the former much more often than the latter. Why? Because Mercury's orbit is well inside that of the Earth, so you can see the innermost planet only at dusk, low on the horizon and for a short time." Now imagine trying to spot a much smaller asteroid under those conditions.