Monday, 5 March 2012

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be a near miss next year

Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, reports on the latest "Oh no, an asteroid will hit us" scare in the press:
February 2013: a close shave
Next year, on February 15, 2013, DA14 will actually get pretty close to Earth. It will pass us at a distance of about 27,000 km (17,000 miles) — well beneath many of our own orbiting satellites! To the best of my knowledge, this is the closest pass of a decent-sized asteroid ever seen before the actual pass itself.

However, let’s again be very clear: it will miss. In astronomical terms, 27,000 km is pretty close, but in real human terms it’s a clean miss.
Drop in to Plait's blog for more details. 2012 DA14 is possibly of future interest.

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