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Asteroid to fly by earth on 15th February
 


February 08, 2013 - Updated 1333 PKT
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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
Actually, technically Asteroids don't strike Earth every day. It is Meteor's and Meteorites that hit the Earth. There would be no possible way to have an Asteroid on your desk, maybe a piece of it. Even then it would be a portion or a Meteorite.

N. Flora
USA
Quite agree, laughable, also laughable is NASA's claim to know the whereabouts of 90% of earth crossing asteroids... just THINK about that claim for a few seconds

P. Marchant
United Kingdom
Asteroids strike Earth on a daily basis, I actually have one on my desk in front of me as I am typing this. You might want to revise the first paragraph as it is entirely laughable.

F
United Kingdom
 
 
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