Watch the Asteroid swing by Earth, closer than the moon

Feb. 15, 2013 | 10:51 a.m.

Watch asteroid 2012 DA14 come closer to Earth than any other asteroid of its size on record.

The asteroid is about half the size of a football field with a diameter of 150 feet.  At its closest approach to our planet, on Friday at 11:25 a.m. PST, it will be just 17,150 miles above the Earth’s surface – putting it closer to Earth than the moon, and many communications satellites.

Still, no one will be able to see the asteroid with the naked eye; it is too dim.

The  real-time and near real-time imagery of the asteroid in the NASA Ustream above is provided by observatories in Australia.

NASA will stream imagery of the asteroid from observatories in the U.S. later in the day, but the agency will have to wait until it is dark enough for their telescopes to see anything.

The asteroid entered the moon-Earth system on Thursday at 7 p.m. PST and will leave on Saturday at about 4 a.m. PST.

And if you are wondering whether this asteroid has anything to do with the meteor that streaked above Russia on Friday morning, the answer from NASA is no.

The agency has posted the following statement to its website:

According to NASA scientists, the trajectory of the Russian meteorite was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, making it a completely unrelated object. Information is still being collected about the Russian meteorite and analysis is preliminary at this point. In videos of the meteor, it is seen to pass from left to right in front of the rising sun, which means it was traveling from north to south. Asteroid DA14’s trajectory is in the opposite direction, from south to north.”

–Deborah Netburn


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5 Responses to Watch the Asteroid swing by Earth, closer than the moon

  1. IMRE Karíka says:


    -My clock showed less with

    at least 2 clocks,than onto

    the coach passengers

    watch,there in that bus


    My clock showed my time

    very punctually.

    Simply less energy

    streamed through my

    mass,less were time in his

    totality on my watch

    because of this.

    Let the facts come then.

    Today 1986.Februaries 16


    1986 Februaries on 18 at

    time of 16.oo

    clocks,mining landslide

    happened in coalmine


    From the 80 metre mine

    minings 48 metres

    crumbled in.

    11 miners lost his life.

    ‘Mecseki Szénbányák

    Vasas’ his mining works.

    Coal is being mined since

    1782 here,and the mine

    accident requiring the first

    casualty happened at the

    time of the curent


    Interesting,that this

    gravitational wave

    storm,one entirely from

    other universe these two

    extraterrestrials noticed it

    before living being.

    Why the modern man

    would deal with space time

    physics things like this?

    I would suggest it in order

    for it to be being watched

    on the basic principle of

    our measurement

    procedure on the

    dangerous places.

  2. john2397 says:

    To whom we should blame? Global warming, inhumane killings, gay rights, abortion rights, pill after the nights, Church sex scandals or the hidden skeletons of the POPE BENEDICT, WHO RESIGNED ABRUPTLY?

  3. @JanaMT says:

    Why does the image bounce around, first down, then up?

  4. Guest says:

    Closer than the moon? No kidding.. Closer by like 220,000 miles closer…

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