WASHINGTON : According to NASA’s near earth object program office in Washington, next Friday will see Asteroid 2012 DA14 fly by earth. At 17,000 miles it will be the closest an asteroid has ever come to earth.
NASA has reassured that it is not on a collision course and will spare the human race.
The asteroid, half the size of a U.S. football field will pass between our planet and orbiting satellites next Friday.
NASA scientists have been quoted in the media to state, that the 150 foot diameter asteroid will pass 17,400 miles above earth, which is lower than the orbits of some satellites. It will travel at 7.8 km/second or 28,100 kilometers per hour.
According to NASA, the asteroid will be visible with the aid of telescopes, with the best viewing location being Indonesia. It will be possible to view the asteroid from Eastern Europe, Australia, and Asia as well.