Asteroid 2012 DA14
March 8, 2012 by staff
Asteroid 2012 DA14, NASA’s putting a lot of effort dispelling those pesky end-of-the-world scenarios.
After assuring the public that the Earth isn’t going to get sucked into a black hole or getting hit by a supernova blast, NASA is now downplaying speculation from doomsayers that asteroid 2012 DA14 won’t obliterate the Earth next year. Asteroid ’433 Eros’, which was 400 times the city of London, came very close to earth say 16.6 million miles last evening.
The near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 is expected to come within 1.5 million miles of Earth on February 15, 2013. The asteroid, which astronomers estimate to be about 150 feet across, will come closer to Earth than most communication satellites orbiting the planet. However this shouldn’t be a cause of concern according to NASA scientists as the asteroid won’t hit Earth or the geostationary satellites the asteroid will be passing.
“Its orbit about the sun can bring it no closer to the Earth’s surface than 3.2 Earth radii on February 15, 2013,” researchers with the Near-Earth Object Program Office, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, wrote in a March 6 update.
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