Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster has been in space less than a week but it continues to make waves in the astronomy community.
The car which was launched on board SpaceX's revolutionary rocket the Falcon Heavy, and features a mannequin driver dubbed "Starman". It was originally hoped that the car would travel to Mars, but it looks it will most likely drift off into deep space.
Despite its less than obvious appearance, the experts have admitted that it was quite easy to identify.
Writer Gianluca Masi reports in a blog post:
We immediately spotted the Tesla Roadster, quite bright, around mag. 15.5 and moving image after image across the stars.
At the time of our observations, the car was at about 470.000 km from us.
We managed to take dozen of images, and we used a group of them to show the trail of the object across the stars.
The trail is visible close to the centre of the image.
A short gif of the car's path has also been made available by the Virtual Telescope Project.
In addition, the team at the Deimos Sky Survey were also able to spot the vehicle as it passed overhead.
The car is likely to be on its journey for a long, long time but there is already doubt about its trajectory after Musk tweeted that it had overshot the orbit of Mars and was heading towards an asteroid belt.
Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. https://t.co/bKhRN73WHF