Update 2/15/13 – Asteroid 2012 DA14 has safely passed Earth and is now moving away from us. The asteroid close approach was 17,500 miles as predicted. This asteroid was not related to the Russian Meteor that fell in Russia today. You can read more about the Russian Meteor here.
Post updated 2/13/13 – Asteroid 2012 is closing in and will have a close approach on the 15th of February. This is a well tracked object and were in no danger but it will indeed pass very close…closer than some of our own orbiting satellites. There has been a lot of press on this one but worry not…the sun will rise on the 16th and all will be well.
NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby.
The half-hour broadcast from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting.
At the time of its closest approach to Earth at approximately 11:25 a.m. PST (2:25 p.m. EST / 19:25 UTC), the asteroid will be about 17,150 miles (27,600 kilometers) above Earth’s surface.
The commentary will be available via NASA TV and streamed live online at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv andhttp://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2
In addition to the commentary, near real-time imagery of the asteroid’s flyby before and after closest approach, made available to NASA by astronomers in Australia and Europe, weather permitting, will be streamed beginning at about 9 a.m. PST (noon EST) and continuing through the afternoon at the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2
A Ustream feed of the flyby from a telescope at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be streamed for three hours starting at 6 p.m. PST (8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. EST). To view the feed and ask researchers questions about the flyby via Twitter, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc
For other Near Earth Approach Objects visit our Near Earth Close Approach Page.
Discovered by the LaSagra observatory in southern Spain, the small asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass within about 3.5 Earth radii of the Earth’s surface on February 15, 2013. Although its size is not well determined, this near-Earth asteroid is thought to be about 45 meters in diameter. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass inside the geosynchronous satellite ring, located about 35,800 km above the equator. Its orbit about the sun can bring it no closer to the Earth’s surface than 3.2 Earth radii on February 15, 2013. On this date, the asteroid will travel rapidly from the southern evening sky into the northern morning sky with its closest Earth approach occurring about 19:26 UTC when it will achieve a magnitude of less than seven, which is somewhat fainter than naked eye visibility. About 4 minutes after its Earth close approach, there is a good chance it will pass into the Earth’s shadow for about 18 minutes or so before reappearing from the eclipse. When traveling rapidly into the northern morning sky, 2012 DA14 will quickly fade in brightness.
This is just so fascinating, the greater we refine astronomical science, the more we are able to appreciate the wonders out there. Of course, this knowledge also reduces the size of any ‘comfort blanket’ that something out / up there can protect us, apart from nature itself.
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Its just started
I think that its just a beginning.???????
Should we be worried of this Asteroid DA 14. Please shade more light on this one.
Martin Munga from Zambia
Nothing to worry about….this one will miss….the one to worry about is the one we don’t see first!
No don’t worry…about this asteroid anyway. This one is well tracked and will not bother us.
What is likely to happen to our planet if this heavenly bodies continue orbiting close to it.Does it imply that live on planet earth will be lost? Am a concerned Geography student from Moi university.