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Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Kennedy Ray
Asteroid 2012DA14: Asteroid Apophis Close Earth FlyBy (NASA LIVE CAM)
Breaking News: Asteroid 2012DA14, a new discovery is about half the size of a football field and will flyby close to Earth today, Friday at 2:24 PM EST. It is the largest known object of its size to pass this close by earth. NASA stated there is no danger of Asteroid 2012DA14 to crash on earth. Join us at 2:24 EST to watch the NASA Live Cam.
NASA says the path of the Asteroid is well understood. It won’t come closer than 17,150 miles (27,650 kilometres) above Earth’s surface during its earth flyby today. The closest approach will occur at 2:24 p.m. EST. The asteroid will be traveling at 8 miles (13 km) per second above the planet bringing it closer than the networks of television and weather satellites that surround our planet earth.
Asteroid 2012DA14 – NASA Live Cam
NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.
The half-hour broadcast from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting.
After Russia got hit by a Meteorite this morning, people are worried that Asteroid 2012D14 is indeed dangerous and bears possible risks despite NASA’s re-assurance that Android 2012DA14 is harmelss. You will also be able to watch the space camera, at Slooh.com, they will show views from the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict Asteroid Apophis path with the observations obtained, there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth.
Nevertheless, the flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close. Here are the facts about the safe flyby of Earth of asteroid 2012 DA14 — a record close approach for a known object of this size.
There is some concern for the safety of our communications satellites. The asteroid’s earth flyby will take it dangerously close to geostationary orbit, a ring of satellites that sits around 35,800 kilometres from the Earth’s surface. But the chances are really low, in all likelihood Android 2012DA14 will flyby without incident.
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