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Feb 15 2013
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Asteroid to come close to Earth

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http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20130215_28.html

 

 

 

An asteroid is on course to make a close approach to Earth, but scientists have ruled out a collision.

US space agency NASA says the asteroid will be closest to Earth on Friday at 19:25 UTC.

The asteroid, called 2012DA14, is estimated to be 45 meters in diameter and weigh 130,000 tons.

NASA says it will be about 27,700 kilometers from Earth, inside the orbits of weather satellites. Its speed is estimated at 7.8 kilometers per second.

The approach is unlikely to affect the International Space Station.

Scientists say the asteroid is too dark to see with the naked eye, but that people in Japan can watch it travel southwest to west early Saturday morning local time by using binoculars or telescopes.

The deputy head of Japan's National Astronomical Observatory, Junichi Watanabe, says the pass is a very important chance for researchers.

NASA says the asteroid revolves around the Sun about once a year. The agency says asteroids of similar size come as close once in 40 years or so, and collide with Earth once every 1,200 years.

In 1908, an asteroid entered the atmosphere and caused a huge explosion over Siberia, knocking down trees in a 20-kilometer radius.

Scientists say an asteroid several kilometers in diameter crashed near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago, causing climate change that led to the extinction of dinosaurs.

 

 

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Re: Asteroid to come close to Earth

Feb 15, 2013

Well that is depressing.

 

One question; as to where Dianne got her info from?  She said 17,000 miles, where as the experts are saying 27,700 miles.

 

Which is it?

 

That, and it is funny that a Spanish Dentist found it before the billion dollar Space Agencies across the Globe found it.

 

Reminds me of Billy Bob's comment in Armageddon, "it's a big A sky".

 

Moble

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Cant see it with the naked eye though...

 

If you wanna watch it later you can catch it on Nasa stream

 

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

 

God I love stuff like this...

 

It will pass us at only 17k miles... Smiley Surprised

 

That is scary close

 

Moble its 27k KM but 17k Miles

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Awesome Link Speedy!

 

 

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I know if my internet at work didnt suck so much I could be watching it  Smiley Mad

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