Asteroid 2012 DA14 – February 15, 2013

Updated February 15, 2013:
In an uncanny, and unrelated event, a meteor exploded today at 07:25 Moscow Time.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will make a close flyby to Earth on February 15, 2013.

Here’s a preview image from NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System website:


Here is the first set of images of asteroid 2012 DA14.

Here’s a video podcast from NASA:

On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet.

Here’s another video from NASA:

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According to Wikipidia:

It is now known that on February 15, 2013 at 19:25 Universal Time the asteroid will pass at a distance of 0.000228 AU (34,100km; 21,200 mi) from the center-point of Earth, with an uncertainty region of about 0.000001 AU (150 km; 93 mi). (The asteroid will pass about 27,700 kilometers (17,200 mi) above Earth's surface.) The asteroid will pass closer than satellites ingeosynchronous orbit.

Here is a news report from CTV:

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