Asteroid 2012 DA14 Safely Passes By Earth Within 17,150 Miles

by Colonel on February 15, 2013

“An asteroid hurtled past Earth’s backyard Friday, marking the closest known flyby for a rock of its 150-foot size. In a startling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia’s Ural Mountains just hours before the asteroid was due to zoom past the planet.

Scientists insisted the meteor had nothing to do with the incoming asteroid since they appeared to traveling in opposite directions. The asteroid is much more immense object that was expected to miss Earth by 17,150 miles, avoiding catastrophe.

But that’s still closer than many communication and weather satellites. …

Scientists at NASA’s Near-Earth Object program at California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that an object of this size makes a close approach like this every 40 years. The likelihood of a strike is every 1,200 years.

Asteroid 2012 DA14, as it’s called, was too small to see with the naked eye.

” — Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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